September 23, 2021

 

MAN TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OUTSIDE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURTHOUSE WITH SEVERAL GUNS AND LARGE AMOUNT OF AMMO

 

On Wednesday at approximately 11:24 a.m., Montgomery County Joint Communication received a call advising that a subject in a blue station wagon was headed to the Montgomery County Courthouse to commit suicide. Law Enforcement immediately located the vehicle in question, parked on the east side of the Courthouse, across from the Fire Department. Montgomery County Deputies, along with Montgomery City Police, approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver. Officers observed that the subject was armed with a revolver. While speaking with the subject it was evident he was in crisis. After a short time, Officers were able to disarm the subject and take him into protective custody. A search of the vehicle revealed 3 handguns, 1 Rifle, and a large quantity of ammo. The subject was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. The Montgomery City Police Department will be conducting the investigation into this incident.

 

PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PREPARDNESS AT CALLAWAY PLANT IN EVENT OF RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY

 

A public meeting will be held today, Thursday, September 23, 2021, to discuss the evaluation results of a graded exercise at the Callaway Energy Center located near Reform, Missouri held on Tuesday of this week. Members of the public can attend this meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, 2302 Militia Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri. The State of Missouri, along with the counties of Callaway, Gasconade, Osage, and Montgomery, participated in a one-day exercise on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in support of the Callaway Energy Center. The exercise required the activation of emergency facilities by the participating state and local officials. The activities of the state, county and local units of government were observed and evaluated by FEMA. Callaway Energy Center on-site performance was observed and evaluated by officials from the NRC. The exercise is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of the radiological emergency preparedness and response plans. The primary focus is on the ability of the State of Missouri, the utility and the participating counties to protect the health and safety of the public living in the vicinity of the Callaway Energy Center. The evaluated exercise provides reasonable assurance that the appropriate protective measures can be taken in the event of a radiological emergency. FEMA is responsible for evaluating offsite plans and exercises for states and counties through the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program while the NRC is the federal agency responsible for evaluating onsite emergency plans and exercises for nuclear power plants.

 

CENTRALIA TO EXPAND WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM AFTER DNR AWARDED $6 MILLION TO THE CITY

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded $6 million in financial assistance to the city of Centralia for upgrades to its wastewater treatment system. The project’s total cost is estimated at nearly $6.8 million and is expected to be completed by September 2022. This project will convert the city’s wastewater treatment system, which currently involves discharging to waterways and overland flow fields and partial land application, to a completely non-discharging land application system. The conversion will include construction of two large wastewater storage cells, installation of new higher-velocity pumps and adding or replacing approximately 50,000 feet of sewer mains.

The funding assistance will also allow the city to prepay the prior loan for the purchase of about 140 acres for additional land application. By adding supplemental land application capability to the existing treatment system, the city can eliminate overland flow discharge to Missouri waterways and recycle nutrients back into the soil. Also, adopting a complete no-discharge system will reduce the need for sampling and minimize the need for upgrades to comply with future Clean Water Act requirements. The project’s funding consists of a $5 million loan, a $1 million grant through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $668,719 in city funds. The funding provided by the department is estimated to save the city’s ratepayers $1 million in principal and approximately $1million in interest over the loan’s 20-year term.

 




September 22, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON AND GOVERNOR KELLY ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF REGIONAL 'NATIONAL SECURITY CROSSROADS' INITIATIVE

 

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson joined with Governor Laura Kelly to announce the launch of the National Security Crossroads, a multi-state initiative aimed at raising awareness of and facilitating collaboration and efficiencies within national security missions in the Heartland region.

The National Security Crossroads represents a regional branding effort to bring awareness at all levels of government, as well as around the country, to the expanding base of security-related operations in the area. As the “heartland” of the United States, with a convenient location to all areas of the country, the region offers a strategic advantage in security and mission critical operations.

Seven major military bases are housed within the Crossroads area, covering the Army, Navy, and Air Force branches. The region also includes 11 national security installations, focusing on geospatial-intelligence, net-centric solutions, non-nuclear component manufacturing, combined arms preparations, strategic attack deterrents, bio-threat prevention, along with other critical technology and infrastructure concentrations.

The Crossroads region stretches from Wichita and Manhattan, Kansas, to the bi-state St. Louis area. With the development of the National Security Crossroads collaboration, the region continues to represent a growing base of operations for a variety of installations, including military, cybersecurity, and public-private partnerships.

The program facilitates workforce and talent growth and resiliency, as well as collaboration between installations that enable Crossroads members to be agile and resilient. The effort also seeks to educate state and federal legislators and others in the region on the value of the Crossroads and its associated missions.

 

The launch of National Security Crossroads includes the unveiling of the initiative's new website, designed to introduce the public to the partners involved and to communicate the ongoing efforts of the collaborative initiative. Visitors to www.nationalsecuritycrossroads.com will also be able to access information on upcoming events, including webinars regarding regional updates.

 

ROOTS N BLUES KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Roots N Blues returns to Columbia, requires vaccination or proof of negative test to attend

Roots N Blues is scheduled to kick off Friday, with the festival making its return after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. KMIZ TV is reporting attendees will be required to either submit proof of vaccination or of a negative test in order to attend. The festival said in a statement, "It’s simple: We trust health care professionals. The health of our community is our first priority. The safest way to enjoy live music right now is to be vaccinated against COVID-19." Proof of vaccination can include an original, a direct photocopy or photo of your valid vaccine card. It is recommended that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, obtain a negative test before entering.  Traffic will also be impacted throughout the weekend, with MODOT Area Engineer saying “We know that the closing of one lane of the interstate and the entrance ramp will greatly impact eastbound traffic, especially with the Roots ‘N Blues Festival in Columbia this weekend,” The engineer went on to say, "“These closures are necessary for the safety of travelers on the road." A stretch of Old 63 will be Northbound only near the Stephens Lake Park entrance on Old 63, with a section of Walnut also being completely closed off to traffic. For those attending, The City of Columbia’s Bus Service, GoCOMO, will no longer be providing Late Night Trips from the fest. They will run their regular routes and hours. Uber/Lyft and Taxis will pick up and drop off only in the indicated lot. They will not be allowed to the gate entrance.

 




September 21, 2021

 

WELLSVILLE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN CRASH

 

This past Friday, 29 year old Patrick D. Powers of Wellsville was driving as a First Responder with lights activated on Route A at Bates Street in Wellsville in response to an emergency call. Powers failed to yield to the other auto driven by 18 year old Sadie L. Gosseen of Wellsville who was already in the intersection and the Powers vehicle struck the Gosseen auto causing the Gosseen car to run off the road and strike a stop sign. Both drivers had serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

SEVERAL HURT IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

 

Several people were injured in a shooting in downtown Columbia early Saturday morning.

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 10 block of N. Fifth St. around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday according to a news release. The release said officers located several victims with injuries who were eventually transported to local hospitals. The conditions of the victims are unknown as of Saturday afternoon. CPD said there is no suspect information available at this time.The department is encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MEXICO GUN DISTRUBANCE SATURDAY

 

Argument in Mexico neighborhood escalates to gunfire. The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of Buchanan in reference to a disturbance involving gunshots on Saturday, Sept. 18 at approximately 12:59 p.m.  Responding personnel learned that a person who lives on the block was in an argument with some other people when multiple people began shooting guns, according to the press release from the Mexico Public Safety Department.  Three vehicles and one house were damaged. A 33-year-old Mexico man, who was directly involved in the disturbance, was also hit by gunfire. He was taken to Audrain Community Hospital, where he was treated and then released. MPSD is continuing to investigate what occurred so that the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney can make charging decisions. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-392-TIPS or 800-392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at 573-473-5800 or 573-581-2100.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY WORKS FIRE CALL SUNDAY MORNING

 

On Sunday, September 19, 2021 at approximately 10:07 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to ADM in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a fire in the attic of a machine shed located on the south side of the plant.  ADM staff had discovered the fire and were making efforts to extinguish it.  The fire was contained and extinguished with only the immediate area suffering any fire damage.  It appeared the fire was caused by some work being done in the shed.  There were no injuries.

 




September 20, 2021

 

SERVICE-ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS NEEDED TO PLOW SNOW

Full time and seasonal positions available at MoDOT

 

You can make a difference in the lives of all who travel Missouri roads.  The Missouri Department of Transportation has full-time maintenance positions and seasonal emergency maintenance equipment operator positions open across the state.

Applicants need to be at least 18 years old, successfully complete a criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment), and have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). A passing grade on the written portion of the commercial driver's license (CDL) exam is required prior to hire date. Must pass the driving portion of the CDL exam with tanker endorsement, no air brake restrictions (Class B).

If you don’t already have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), MoDOT will provide training to help you obtain one. Full-time maintenance employees receive training and a long list of benefits including paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance and a retirement plan; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development. Full-time employment with MoDOT provides opportunities for advancement and a long-term career.

Seasonal help is also needed. Individuals can apply for an emergency maintenance equipment operator position. These are seasonal crew members who help out when inclement weather hits.

To learn more about these opportunities and to apply online for positions across the state, go to  www.modot.org/opportunities-maintenance. If you don’t have computer access, you may obtain an application for employment at any MoDOT facility across the state. 

 

MISSOURI’S STATEWIDE ‘SHAKEOUT’ EARTHQUAKE DRILL SET FOR NEXT MONTH

 

Registration is open for the 2021 Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill on Oct. 21. More than 320,000 people are already registered for this year’s ShakeOut drill, which is designed to remind people how to protect themselves during an earthquake. Missouri is one of 14 participating central U.S. states that could be impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake.

At exactly 10:21 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, participants will practice the “Drop, Cover, Hold On” technique:

DROP to your hands and knees;

COVER your head and neck with your hands and arms under a table or desk if you can; and

HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

 

Studies show that in developed countries with modern structures, falling debris is the most common source of injuries in an earthquake. Experts advise that when an earthquake occurs in the U.S., the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique is the best way to protect yourself and others from falling debris. 

To sign up for the ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org/centralus. Schools, businesses, community organizations or any other group can register, in addition to families and individuals. Once registered, participants receive regular updates on the drill, as well as information on earthquake preparedness and safety. 

The New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri, is one of the most active earthquake zones in the country, averaging more than 200 small quakes per year. In 1811 and 1812, this zone produced some of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history. Another major earthquake in this area would be felt not only in Missouri, but throughout the Midwest, and would damage buildings and infrastructure in much of southern and eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis area.

To learn more about earthquakes in Missouri and how to prepare, visit www.sema.dps.mo.gov/earthquake_preparedness.

 

  




Weekend Report- September 18-19, 2021

 

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing road work on state routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Sep. 20-21, the road will be closed from Route CC to Route DD for resurfacing operations. Work will be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Montgomery County Route AA - Sep. 27, the road will be closed from Route 19 to Route BB for patching. Work will be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use caution and use alternate routes during this time.

 

 

MSHP MARKS 90 YEARS OF SERVICE & PROTECTION

 

A letter from Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol:

For nine decades, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has answered the call to serve and protect the citizens of this great state. In 1931, a superintendent, six captains, 49 troopers, and a few civilians launched the legacy of exceptional service and protection that remains. From these humble beginnings evolved the full-service law enforcement agency you know today. Our employees have embraced each additional responsibility--the crime laboratory, driver testing, criminal records, commercial vehicle enforcement, motor vehicle inspection, criminal investigation, gaming enforcement, and marine operations, to name a few. Numerous natural disasters and serious incidents, increasing social unrest, and most recently, the coronavirus pandemic inspire us to continue being Missouri's beacon of integrity, professionalism, and compassion. Throughout our history, the Patrol has endured crises, emergencies, and challenges that consistently revealed the true quality of our people and our mission. 

Patrol employees have shown the public we are ladies and gentlemen who serve and protect one contact, one stakeholder at a time for 90 years. Our employees have been and will continue to be connected to the community in which they live. We are your neighbors, school board members, and local volunteers. 


As we recognize how far we've come since 1931, we are creating a vision for our future. Our vision is simple: We are committed to being professional, courteous, compassionate, resourceful, and responsible. We will hold ourselves to the highest degree of integrity and show respect to all people. We will excel as a criminal justice leader and to help ensure Missouri is a safe place to live or visit. The Patrol's 1,191 members, 524 uniformed civilians, and 544 civilians are living examples of its vision, mission, and core values. We are honored to serve and protect the people of this great state.

 




September 16, 2021

 

GOV. PARSON ORDERS FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF FALLEN MARINE

 

On Wednesday Governor Mike Parson ordered that the United States and Missouri flags at all government buildings statewide be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of United States Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, of Wentzville, Missouri

On Thursday, August 26 Lance Corporal Schmitz was killed in-the-line-of-duty while courageously assisting with evacuation efforts in Kabul, Afghanistan

“We owe a debt gratitude to Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz that can never be repaid, but we will always remember and honor his service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation in the defense of freedom," Governor Parson said. “He put his life on the line protecting our service members and allies, and he made the ultimate sacrifice for his bravery. Our hearts go out to Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz’s family and friends.”

U.S. and Missouri flags will be held at half-staff on the day Lance Corporal Schmitz is laid to rest.

 

COLUMBIA FIREFIGHTERS DISPATCHED REGARDING SMOKE IN A BUILDING

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to 1030 Hitt Street, NextGen Precision Health Institute at 10:43am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Dispatch information included a report of smoke in the basement. The first unit arrived less than three minutes later and reported a multi-storey commercial building under construction with nothing showing.  Crews proceeded to the basement where they reported a light haze and an electrical odor. Further investigation revealed that a piece of machinery had malfunctioned and there was no fire.  Fire crews used electric fans to remove smoke from the building.  There were no reported injuries. Eight units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.

 

PERSON PINNED UNDER VEHICLE WHEN VEHICLE CRASHED INTO COLUMBIA HOME WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 

Three people were injured when a pickup truck crashed into a home in central Columbia on Wednesday afternoon, pinning a person underneath the vehicle. The pickup could be seen sticking out of a corner of the house near Worley Street and Woodlawn Avenue as firefighters and medics worked at the scene. A woman was transported to the hospital after firefighters lifted the truck in order to move the woman. Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jerry Jenkins said one person was pinned under the truck when the crash happened a little before 4:30 p.m. The person was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries according to Jenkins. The other person who was in the home along with the driver of the pickup were also taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries. The house suffered structural damage and no word yet on what caused the crash. Emergency dispatchers said Worley was closed west of Providence Road because of the crash.

 




September 15, 2021

 

COLUMBIA MAN EJECTED FROM MOPED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR ON US 63

 

Authorities say a Columbia man was seriously injured after being ejected from a moped Tuesday evening in Boone County. The patrol crash report said the accident happened at 6:30 pm Tuesday on Highway 63 Northbound a half a mile north of Calvery Hill Road when a vehicle driven by 53 year old Raymond Wood of Clarence began to overtake a northbound moped operated by 66 year old William Barnhart of Columbia. As one of the drivers switched lanes into the path of the other, the Wood auto struck the moped causing it to overturn and eject the driver. Barnhart was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

 

FULTON WOMAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES

 

The patrol said a Fulton woman was arrested in Audrain County at 11:11 Tuesday morning on several felony charges. 44 year old Deanna L. Parrott of Fulton was charged with 2 counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a confinement facility, two felony counts of tampering with physical evident, a felony Audrain County warrant for Drug Possession and a misdemeanor warrant for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held at the Audrain County Jail at last report.

 

MULTIPLE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES FROM MISSOURI’S PROFESSIONAL  SPORTS TEAMS TO BE ON DISPLAY AT STATE CAPITOL FOR FIRST TIME IN  STATE’S HISTORY

 

Governor Mike Parson has arranged for multiple championship trophies from Missouri's professional sports teams to be on display at the State Capitol Rotunda during the Bicentennial Inaugural Parade and Ball. Championship trophies will be on display and available for photo opportunities for the general public on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The championship trophies to be viewed and available for photos for the general public include:

  • Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV & LIV Trophies
  • St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Trophy
  • Kansas City Royals World Series Trophies - 2015, 1985
  • St. Louis Cardinals World Series Trophies (4 of 11 Titles) - 1967, 1982, 2006, 2011
  • St. Louis Blues 2019 Stanley Cup Replica Trophy

This weekend on Saturday, September 18 at 10 a.m. in Jefferson City Governor Parson and First Lady Parson are hosting the Bicentennial Inaugural Parade. Also, on Saturday, September 18 at  5:00 p.m. in Jefferson City they will host the Bicentennial Inaugural Ball. The Governor and First Lady personally invite all Missourians to join them in celebrating the swearing-in of Missouri’s statewide elected officials and, more importantly, the history and significance of the state of Missouri.

The Missouri State Capitol will also feature the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt, Missouri State Parks Quilt, and Missouri Bicentennial Mural on display from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

 

 




September 14, 2021

 

TRUMAN STUDENT ACCUSED OF MAKING TERRORIST THREAT ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

 

KTVO and KTVO dot com also reports student at Truman State University is accused of making a terrorist threat on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. According to court documents, Patrick Akins, 20, of Kirksville, posted an anonymous message on a social media app called Yik Yak, stating that he was going to blow up Centennial Hall on the Truman State University campus. The suspect is now charged with making a terrorist threat in the third degree, a misdemeanor. University police said Akins made the threatening post around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The message said Akins was going to bomb Centennial Hall. Investigators were able to trace the post back to Akins. Officers from the Truman State University Police Department tracked Akins down at the Delta Chi Fraternity house at 904 S. First St. where they arrested him. At first, Akins claimed he did not remember making the post because he had been drinking at a friend's house. On the ride to the jail, officers said in their report that Akins admitted to making the post. He told them it was stupid, and he didn't really mean anyone harm. The suspect pleaded not guilty on Monday and is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

MODOT SHARES DETAILS REGARDING POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF BUSINESS LOOP EXIT RAMP

 

Information is being made available regarding the possible removal of the Interstate 70 westbound exit ramp at Business Loop 70, along with the 64-year old bridge over eastbound I-70 in the City of Columbia, west of the I-70/U.S. Route 63 Connector. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is inviting nearby residents and motorists to share their thoughts. MoDOT says removal is necessary since the bridge is reaching the end of its service life. In addition, the left-side exit ramp is contrary to driver expectations. Studies indicate crashes may be reduced by as much as 25 to 70 percent with the use of right-side ramps over left-side ramps.  The exit ramp currently carries approximately 2800 vehicles per day. The existing ramp demand can be served by the I-70 interchanges at Missouri Route 763 (Rangeline Street) and Route 63 at Route WW (Broadway Street). The project would include the construction of a parallel deceleration lane for the westbound I-70 exit ramp at Rangeline Street to help mitigate congestion. In addition, signing will be adjusted to extend the Business Loop to the I-70/Route 63 Connector by making use of the new Conley Road extension. The project is not yet programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). Official designs will be drafted once funding becomes available. Motorists and area residents can find more details, ask questions or provide feedback on this project by visiting modot.org/BusinessLoopRamp. The online public comment period is open through Friday, September 24.

 

 

 




September 13, 2021

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 15TH – 21ST

This Wednesday, September 15th marks the beginning of Child Passenger Safety Week. The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council, Safe Kids Worldwide, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2021). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2020, 11 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,438 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,040 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2020. Troopers issued citations to an additional 141 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2020. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly. 

 

CHILLICOTHE FIREMEN BATTLE HOUSE FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT

 

According to a report from the Chillicothe Fire Department crews responded to a house fire in Chillicothe Sunday shortly after 7 pm. When firefighters arrived, smoke was seen coming from the peak of the roof, toward the middle of the structure located at 325 Cowgill Street. After an initial assessment, and seeing where the smoke had vented itself, crews determined the fire was on the second floor of the C side of the structure. Upon entry, firefighters found fire in the kitchen of the home. The department was able to extinguish the fire quickly and forced air ventilation. No one was reported injured in the fire.

 




Weekend Report- September 11-12, 2021

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Sept. 13-23, MoDOT crews will be performing bridge maintenance work on Route E in Montgomery County at the bridge over I-70. The road will be reduced to one lane from one-quarter mile before and after the bridge. All work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with a width restriction of eleven feet in place while work is being completed. Please use caution when traveling through the area or use alternate routes during these times.

 

TIERPOINT ANNOUNCES PLAN TO BUILD NEW ST. LOUIS AREA DATA CENTER

 

TierPoint, a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions, has announced plans to build a new, 23,000 square foot, Tier III data center in the Westport area of St. Louis County. Backed by an approximately $20 million commitment, the facility will include 14,500 square feet of production or raised floor space.

TierPoint has already secured an anchor tenant for the new facility, which is expected to be finished and open to clients in the second quarter of 2022.  

TierPoint also operates two other data centers in downtown St. Louis. In total, the company operates 40 data centers, coast to coast, offering a comprehensive portfolio of cloud, colocation, and other IT infrastructure solutions to thousands of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises.

 




September 9, 2021

 

THREE VEHICLES COLLIDE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

Troopers say one person had minor injuries after a 3 vehicle collision in Boone County just before 5:30 pm Wednesday. The wreck happened in the Eastbound lane of US 40 at MO Route 3 when Michael Hughes, 61, of Columbia failed to observe traffic coming to a stop due to congestion. His pickup struck another eastbound auto driven by 29 year old Chelsea Beck of Harrisburg. The impact caused the Beck vehicle to move forward and strike a 3rd auto operated by 21 year Victoria Kinsey of Glasgow. Hughes received minor injuries and was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment. 

 

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office indicated on their Facebook social media page the investigation into the murders of Allison and Jozee Abitz on 08/22/2021 is still active and the search for the suspect, JT McLean, continues. Investigators just recently received information that McLean had recently acquired a dark colored motorcycle, which was not titled or registered in his name. Currently, the make, model and type are unknown for the motorcycle. This motorcycle is unaccounted for and it is believed McLean likely fled the area on the motorcycle. Anyone with information regarding a motorcycle that was recently sold or otherwise provided to McLean is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office to provide information on the motorcycle. Additionally, anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 573-442-6131 or 311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).

 

INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY AT RANDOLPH COUNTY JAIL

 

KRCG TV reports an inmate who was incorrectly released from the Randolph County Jail last month is now back in custody. According to the county's online inmate records, Goble was re-booked into their custody on September 6th, at 11:33 pm. She also now faces one count of Escape and one count of Forgery. Sheriff Aaron Wilson says another inmate was supposed to have been released, but a new guard confused the two women. Wilson also says Goble falsely signed the name of the inmate who was supposed to be released.

 




September 8, 2021

 

FEWER DEATHS REPORTED FROM TRAFFIC CRASHES OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN MISSOURI COMPARED TO LAST YEAR

 

Seven people died in crashes over the Labor Day weekend across Missouri compared to 18 in 2020. Troopers investigated 351 crashes with 103 injuries over the weekend, an increase of 73 compared to last year. However, 37 fewer injuries were reported this year. Troopers also investigated 108 DWI cases and arrested 71 people for drugs, according to the release.

 

WESTBOUND I-70 TO BE CLOSED WHILE REMAINS OF FALLEN MARINE ESCORTED TO ST CHARLES FUNERAL HOME

 

Several miles of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 in suburban St. Louis will close briefly today (WED) as the remains of a Marine killed in Afghanistan are escorted from Lambert Airport to a St Charles funeral home. Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz was among 13 U.S. service members killed last month in Kabul and was from Wentzville, Missouri. The Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes will be closed as the procession moves from the airport to the Funeral Home in St. Charles but authorities are planning to reopen Intersections as soon as the procession passes. The patrol says the procession is expected to start around 1 p.m. Wednesday and take about 20 minutes.

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 15TH – 21ST

The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council, Safe Kids Worldwide, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2021). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2020, 11 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,438 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,040 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2020. Troopers issued citations to an additional 141 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2020. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.

 




September 7, 2021

 

CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN AND FATHER OF HER CHILD

 

A St Louis TV Station is reporting a couple was arrested after allegedly overdosing on drugs while their 4-week-old child was inside the backseat of the car in Franklin County  Friday. Police say child endangerment charges have been filed against 25-year-old Haley Kester, of Montgomery City, and 40-year-old John Carpenter. Ambulances were called to a parking lot near the 1900 block of East 5th Street in Washington, MO after receiving calls of a man and woman slummed inside a car. Once there, they found Kester and Carpenter suffering from apparent drug overdose. Narcan was given to the 25-year-old woman while the man became alert after Sternum Rub was applied to him. Traces of heroin/ fentanyl were found inside the car.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS SUNDAY

 

Two Moberly residents and one from Springfield were involved in a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend. The Highway Patrol said 53 year old Thomas E. Sanders of Moberly was operating a boat at the 6.2 mile marker in Indian Creek Cove in Morgan County Sunday afternoon around 3 o’clock. The incident occurred when the boat traveled over a wake which caused both occupants to become airborne and then impact the vessel.  47 year old Robyn L. Calicott of Moberly sustained serious injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance. Another occupant, Ryleigh E. Sanders, 21 of Springfield received minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene.

 

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR ON FRIDAY – SUSPECT HAS NOW BEEN ARRESTED

 

KTVO and KTVO dot com is reporting the suspect wanted in connection with a female found dead in a parked car late Friday morning has been taken into custody. According to the Palmyra Police Department, on Saturday, deputies from the Menard County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois, the U.S. Marshal Service and other agencies, arrested Raymond D. Gum Jr., in Petersberg, Illinois, at approximately 12:23 p.m. He was arrested in connection with the death of a 34-year-old female, who resided in the 100 block of East Jefferson Street in Palmyra, Missouri. An arrest warrant for Gum was issued for murder in the first degree and armed criminal action. The bond on Gum is set at $1,000,000 cash only. He is currently in custody in Menard County, Illinois.

 

 




September 6, 2021

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST TWO JUVENILE SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH EAST SEXTON ROAD SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT 

 

Two juveniles were identified and detained Thursday in connection with a shot fired incident in the 200 block of E. Sexton Road on Wednesday, Sept. 1.When the first call came in regarding the incident, responding officers arrived and located a 17-year old female victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid at the scene until EMS arrived.  The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers also located damage from gunshots on a vehicle parked in the driveway. Both juveniles were placed in the custody of the Boone County Juvenile Office. One juvenile is charged with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action and one count of tampering with a witness. The second juvenile is charged with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. This is an ongoing investigation.  More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something.  Columbia Police are asking for your help.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

FEMA APPROVES GOVERNORS DISASSTER DECLARATION REQUEST FOR SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING

21 Missouri Counties to Receive Federal Assistance for Damaged Roads, Bridges, and Other Infrastructure

 

Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Missouri’s request for a major disaster declaration. A total of 21 counties will receive federal assistance in response to severe storms and flooding beginning in late June and continuing through July 1. The Governor’s August 13 request included $10 million in qualifying disaster-related expenses that had already been identified. FEMA’s approval means local governments and eligible nonprofits in Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray, and Saline counties will receive reimbursements for emergency response costs and repairs to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

Missouri’s request to FEMA was for damage and emergency response costs incurred due to severe storms and flooding from June 19 to July 1. FEMA’s major disaster declaration notification, received on September 1, was for the period of June 24 to July 1. State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has already begun efforts with the federal government to expand the incident period to include June 19-23 in order to maximize financial assistance to Missouri communities and eligible nonprofits.  On July 6, Governor Parson announced Missouri’s request for joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in 17 counties. Audrain, Daviess, Grundy, and Ralls counties were later added to the request after more damage was documented locally. On July 8, joint preliminary damage assessment teams comprising representatives from SEMA, FEMA, and local officials began validating damage data, estimating a total of more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure and emergency response costs eligible for federal assistance. On August 13, Governor Parson requested FEMA approve a major disaster declaration.

 

GRAHAM CAVE STATE PARK HOSTS ARCHAEOLOGY DAY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

 

Graham Cave State Park staff members invite visitors of all ages to celebrate Archaeology Day 2021 at one of Missouri’s most significant early archaeological landmarks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Graham Cave was the first archaeological site in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark on Jan. 20, 1961. The event begins at 10 a.m. near the cave entrance with interpretative displays on the historic and prehistoric archaeology, family history exhibits by the Graham family, mammal exhibits, children's games, flintknapping, fire-starter and deer-bone fish-hook demonstrations. Sponsors of Archaeology Day include Missouri State Parks, Graham Family Descendants, World Atlatl Association, Montgomery County Retired School Personnel Association and the Montgomery County Historical Society. For more information about Archaeology Day and the park, contact the park office at 573-564-3476. Graham Cave State Park is located 2 miles west of Danville (Exit 170 on I-70) on Highway TT.

 

 




September 2, 2021

 

THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY CRASH

 

Troopers say three people were hurt in a single vehicle crash in Pike County at the Ted Shanks Conservation Area South of Highway TT at 4:30 PM Wednesday afternoon. 23  year old Jade A. Lindsey of Louisiana was southbound on an unnamed road in the conservation area and over corrected and her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway. Lindsey was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries. A passenger, 19 year old Heather Renfrow of Louisiana had moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Pike County Memorial Hospital. Another passenger, a 17 year old female juvenile also sustained moderate injuries and was flown by Survival Flight to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

 

HOLTS SUMMIT MAN HURT WHEN HIT BY AN OBJECT WHILE TRAVELING ON MOTOCYCLE

 

The patrol said Gregory Paull, age 67 of Holts Summit was transported to Capital Regional Hospital by Callaway County EMS after he was hit in the face by a large piece of tin that fell off a tow unit being pulled by a vehicle ahead of him. Paull was westbound on US 54 west of Holts Summit around 2:10 PM Wednesday when the incident occurred and was traveling on a motorcycle. The vehicle ahead of him was driven by 32 year old Len Hong of Holts Summit.  Paull sustained moderate injuries.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department recently released a report showing investigations and other information for the period of August 20th through August 26th 

·         On August 20th, 2021, deputies responded to the Jonesburg area for a report of a stolen vehicle. A tan 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from a barn, as well as other personal property. The investigation remains active and if you have any information on this case, please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

·         On August 21, 2021, deputies took a report of a blackmail scam in the Montgomery City area. The reporting party advised he had sent some photos of himself to someone he met online. The person online then started demanding large sums of money, with the threat of sending the photos to everyone the reporting party knew. A total of five hundred dollars was sent and then the online party demanded even more money. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined the online subject was most likely operating from another country.

·         On August 21, 2021, deputies stopped a vehicle in Jonesburg for displaying the wrong license plate. The driver had an active warrant out of Montgomery County for Failure to Appear on the charges of Felony Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Felony Possession of Controlled Substances. The driver was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail to post bond.

·         On August 21, 2021, deputies took a report of a lost or stolen firearm in the New Florence area. The reporting party had placed the firearm in a location within the house several months ago. When he went to retrieve it he found it was missing. The owner did not have a serial number for the firearm so we are unable to enter any information into a database to list the firearm as lost or stolen. It's very important to have this information documented and stored in a safe location.

·         On August 22, 2021, deputies responded to the New Florence area to assist Warren County with an attempt to locate. Warren County advised two subjects had fled on foot evading arrest. While following up on the case deputies discovered the two subjects had multiple warrants for their arrest. Deputies located both subjects who were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

·         On August 22, 2021, deputies responded to the Buell area for an abandoned trailer. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the trailer had been stolen from Audrain County. After processing the trailer for possible evidence, it was returned to the rightful owner. If anyone has any information on this case please contact the Audrain County or Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

·         On August 24, 2021, deputies responded to the Montgomery County Middle School. Upon arrival, deputies learned a parent had delivered prescription medications to the school nurse for their child. The plastic bag the medication was in had a green leafy substance in it. The green leafy substance was identified as marijuana. The investigation is ongoing and charges are being sought.

·         On August 24, 2021, deputies responded to McKittrick for a disturbance in which an intoxicated person was refusing to leave the residence. Upon arrival, deputies convinced the subject to leave and transported him to his residence in Hermann. A few hours’ later deputies were called back to the residence for a domestic dispute involving a baseball bat and multiple people within the residence. Deputies were able to determine and locate the aggressor, who was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail with pending charges for Domestic Assault.

 

Calls for the Week:

·         911 Accidental – Rhineland

·         Assist MCAD Medical – Montgomery City

·         Stolen Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Threats – Montgomery City

·         Check Well Being – Jonesburg

·         Child Custody Dispute – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Danville

·         911 Accidental – I 70 WB 168 mm

·         Assist Other Agency Runaway Juvenile – Wright City

·         Assist MCAD Medical – Montgomery City

·         Stealing – High Hill

·         Information – Jonesburg

·         Harassment – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence

·         Domestic – Jonesburg

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – Big Spring

·         Pedestrian Check – I 70 WB 181 mm

·         Assist Other Agency – High Hill

·         Investigation – Jonesburg

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         Property Damage – High Hill

·         Stolen Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         Stealing – New Florence

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70 WB 178 mm

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70 EB 178 mm

·         Assist Other Agency – Middletown

·         911 Open Line – Jonesburg

·         Assist MCAD Medical – Bellflower

·         Assist Other Agency – Jonesburg

·         Disturbance – Jonesburg

·         911 Accidental – I 70 WB 168 mm

·         Motorist Assist – I 70 EB 176 mm

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         C & I Driver – I 70 EB 163 mm

·         911 Accidental – I 70 EB 171 mm

·         Disturbance – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·         Check Well Being – Bellflower

·         Citizen Assist – Montgomery City

·         Citizen Assist – Jonesburg

·         911 Accidental – Unknown

·         911 Accidental – Middletown

·         Citizen Assist – Montgomery City

·         Check Well Being – Jonesburg

·         Property Damage – Wellsville

·         Assist BFFD Fire – Truxton

·         Alarm – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         Motorist Assist – Montgomery City

·         Stealing – Montgomery City

·         Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 177mm

·         Assist MCAD Medical – Bellflower

·         911 Open Line – New Florence

·         Check Well Being – Middletown

·         Unwanted Subject – Montgomery City

·         Leave Without Pay – Montgomery City

·         Check Well Being – Montgomery City

·         Domestic – McKittrick

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Assist MCAD Medical – Jonesburg

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence

·         Check Well Being – Montgomery City

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70 EB 177 mm

·         Assist Other Agency – I 70

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Suspicious Vehicle – McKittrick

·         Domestic – New Florence

·         Juvenile Complaint – Wellsville

·         911 Open Line – Hermann

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 168 mm

·         Traffic Hazard – New Florence

·         911 Accidental – Wellsville

·         Attempt to Contact – Montgomery City

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence

·         Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill

·         911 Open Line – Montgomery City

·         Assist Other Agency – I 70 WB

·         911 Accidental – Danville

·         Property Damage – New Florence

·         Abandoned Vehicle – Wellsville

·         Check Well Being – Jonesburg

·         Juvenile Complaint – Wellsville

·         Public Service Request – High Hill

·         Juvenile Complaint – Wellsville

·         Suspicious Activity – Danville

·         Fraud – New Florence

·         Suspicious Person – Jonesburg

·         Disturbance – Jonesburg

·         Motorist Assist – Bellflower

·         Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·         Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Attempt to Contact – Montgomery City

·         Property Damage - Wellsville

·         Stealing - Motor Vehicle - Jonesburg

·         Assault - Montgomery City

·         Harassment - Montgomery County

·         Warrant Arrest - Jonesburg

·         Lost/Stolen Gun - New Florence

·         Mental Health - Bellflower

·         Warrant Arrest - Montgomery County

·         Recovered Stolen Property - County

·         Trailer Inspection - Montgomery City

·         Endangering the Welfare of Child - Montgomery City

·         Domestic Assault - McKittrick

·         Assault - Wellsville

·         Motor Vehicle Accident - Montgomery County

·         Death Investigation - Montgomery City

·         Warrant Arrest - Jonesburg

·         Warrant Arrest - Montgomery City

·         Violation of Order Of Protection - Mineola

·         Public Utility Damage - Wellsville

 

 




September 1, 2021

 

VANDALIA MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN RALLS COUNTY

 

Troopers say a Vandalia man was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve on Route P, 3 miles northwest of Vandalia in Ralls County at 1:53 PM Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned numerous times, ejecting the driver who was identified as 30 year old Zachary Utterback of Vandalia. Utterback was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ralls County Coroner and his body was transported to Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

 

MONROE COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY MORNING

 

The patrol said a 16 year old female was behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran off the right side of MO 151, 4 miles north of Madison at 5:35 Tuesday morning in Monroe County. The girl, from Clarence was not injured, however a passenger, a 17 year old female from Mexico, MO had serious injuries after the vehicle overturned and she was ejected. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Names are not being released as both were juveniles.

 

LAKE OZARK DROWNING CLAIMS LIFE OF MAN

 

The patrol reported a drowning at the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend. According to the report the incident happened in Camden County in the main channel of the lake at 5:16PM Saturday when 41 year old Thomas Painter of Bosworth, MO jumped from a cliff approximately 125 feet in the air and did not resurface.

 

AREA ELECTRIC CO-OP LINEWORKERS LEFT TUESDAY MORNING TRAVELING TO LOUISIANA TO AID IN RESTORATION EFFORTS

Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall on Sunday. In response, Missouri's electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 150 Missouri line workers from 30 of the state's electric cooperatives are traveling to Louisiana to assist in the cleanup. Missouri is sending both construction and service crews to help with the power restoration efforts at the co-op just east of Baton Rouge. Most of Missouri's crews left early Tuesday morning to help with the restoration efforts. DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana, serving more than 112,000 members. As of Monday morning, more than 77,000 DEMCO members, 68%, were without electricity. Missouri's restoration efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri's electric cooperatives. Some of the co-ops from our area sending help are: Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia - Callaway Electric Cooperative, Fulton - Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Tipton, -  Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Mexico - Farmers' Electric Cooperative, Chillicothe, - Grundy Electric Cooperative, Trenton - Macon Electric Cooperative, Macon & Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Lancaster. Missouri National Guard and multiple organizations are sending crews to support Hurricane Ida relief effort. Missouri’s Task Force One had already deployed in advance of the Hurricane making landfall to provide assistance.

 

 

 




August 31, 2021

 

13 YEAR OLD BOY DIES FROM DRUG OVERDOSE DURING WEEKEND SLEEPOVER IN WASHINGTON, MO

 

Authorities in eastern Missouri say a 13-year-old boy has died of a drug overdose over the weekend. The death occurred during a sleepover at a friend's house and three adults at the house have been arrested. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police were called to a home in Washington, MO around 9 a.m. Sunday and found the boy dead in his 12-year-old friend's bedroom. The 12-year-old told investigators he and his friend had been experimenting with drugs they found in the house. Police arrested the 12-year-old boy's mother, stepfather and another man who was renting a room in the basement of the home. Police say officers found prescription and some illegal drugs in the house.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH ON US 63 EARLY MONDAY MORNING

 

The investigation continues into a fatal accident that occurred early Monday morning on US 63 North near the Vandiver Drive ramp at 4:47 AM. According to the report 37 year old Shannon Marrero of Columbia had resumed traveling northbound after pulling onto the shoulder to assist another motorist. Another northbound vehicle, driven by 35 year old John Lammers of Jefferson City observed the vehicles on the shoulder of the highway and moved from the driving lane to the passing lane before impact. For unknown reasons, Marrero made a u-turn into the path of the Lammers vehicle which was unable to stop and struck the driver’s side of the Marrero auto. Marrero was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation of the crash is ongoing. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




August 30, 2021

 

MODOT SAYS BRIDGE WORK ON I70 MAY RESULT IN DELAYS

 

Work on the I-70 Perche Creek Bridge west of Columbia in Boone County kicked into full gear on Friday and is expected to last through Tuesday. The MoDOT Area Engineer says the project involves closing one westbound lane of the bridge west of Columbia. The open lane will be reduced to 11 feet, due to a temporary concrete barrier. Similar closures along with ramp closures are scheduled for the eastbound lanes in late September. The work is part of a rehabilitation project to improve both bridges in Boone County with the project set to be completed by December. MoDOT says motorists should be prepared for significant delays and MoDOT is asking motorists to see an alternate route around the area. These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST INVOLVING ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

 

Columbia Police have arrested Mark Lindell Martin, 57, of Columbia, for enticement of a child, 4th-degree assault and 2nd-degree harassment. Martin has been remanded in the custody of Boone County Jail.  Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of an attempted kidnapping in the area of Hyde Park Avenue and Cooper Drive on Thursday, Aug. 26 at approximately 11:10 a.m.  During the investigation, officers learned that a female juvenile was at a bus stop when a vehicle approached her. The juvenile began walking away as the driver began talking to her. While the juvenile was walking away the driver exited the vehicle and began walking toward her. The juvenile began screaming, which drew the attention of people nearby. The suspect then began driving away. The juvenile was taken to a safe place until reunited with her family. Police arrived and were able to locate the suspect a short distance away. He was taken into custody. There were no injuries during this incident.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




Weekend Report- August 28-29, 2021

 

JUVENILE INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A juvenile from Steedman, MO was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:30pm Friday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that the 16 year old teen was on County Road 457 when his truck suffered a mechanical issue, causing it to travel off the roadway and overturn.  The teen was taken to Capital Region Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Cole Camp woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Morgan County.  38 year old Jamie Ritcheson was on MO 52 when her car ran off the right side of the road, she overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway and hit two small trees.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment. 

 

MAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A St. Louis man was killed in a Friday night crash in Jefferson County.  The report states that 48 year old Jeffery Schwarz was on US 61 when he failed to navigate a curve to the left and traveled off the right side of the road, struck a highway Chevron sign and then a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South where he died a short time later.

 




August 27, 2021

 

WOMAN DIES WHEN STOLEN VEHICLE CRASHES IN PIKE COUNTY

 

Missouri State Troopers say a woman died and a man was injured after the stolen vehicle they were riding in crashed along a Pike County highway. Authorities say they are now looking for the driver of the stolen vehicle, who fled on foot from the wreckage. The crash report indicate the wreck occurred around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the stolen Jeep was speeding and ran off Highway 54 on a curve several miles west of Bowling Green. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the Jeep rolled down an embankment and flipped several times, killing 37-year-old passenger identified as Jennifer Whitehead of Foristell. A 33-year-old man in the Jeep was flown to a Columbia hospital with serious injuries.

 

KIRKSVILLE SEX OFFENDER NOW CHARGED WITH RAPING 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL

 

Kirksville police are trying to track down a registered sex offender who is accused of a recent sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl. The man they're looking for is Joshua David Pearson, 39, of Kirksville. Pearson was charged Thursday with first-degree statutory rape and statutory sodomy. An arrest warrant has been issued for Pearson. Pearson is described as a white male, 6’2” tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be driving a black GMC Sierra crew-cab pickup truck with some rust around the passenger side rear wheel well and unknown license. The Kirksville Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in locating Pearson. They warn you not to approach him and to contact local law enforcement.

 




August 26, 2021

 

TWO EJECTED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE WRECK

 

Troopers say two people were ejected in a crash on Robbies Road, just south of County Road 428 in Callaway County at 7:20 Tuesday night. According to the report 27 year old Jess Murrell of Fulton lost control of his southbound motorcycle causing it to overturn. Murrell and a passenger, a 15 year old female, also of Fulton were both ejected. The juvenile had minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Murrell was transported by a State Trooper to Fulton Medical Center for treatment. He was also charged with DWI.

 

FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST BOYFRIEND IN BOONE COUNTY MOTHER/DAUGHTER HOMICIDE - BOYFRIEND IS STILL AT LARGE

 

On 08/22/2021, at about 10:58 pm, Boone County Joint Communications received a call from a concerned subject reporting they had been unable to contact Allison Abitz and her daughter Jozee Abitz, who both resided in the 7500 block of Lavender Drive south of Columbia. Boone County deputies responded to the residence on Lavender Court and once inside located Allison, age 43, and her daughter Jozee, age 11, deceased.  Investigators soon learned that JT McLean was the long-term boyfriend of Allison and the investigation revealed JT McLean was the last person known to be in contact with both subjects at the residence on Lavender Court.  During the investigation, probable cause was developed to believe that McLean murdered Allison and Jozee. Currently, the motive for the murder of these victims is unknown. On Wednesday, 08/25/2021, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney charged JT McLean (age 45) with two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree. A warrant for the arrest of McLean was then issued in the 13th Judicial Circuit Boone County, Missouri. McLean’s bond for these charges was set at $1,000,000.00 cash only.  JT McLean previously changed his name and has been known to go by the names of John McLean, Steven Nagy, and Steven McLean. McLean, a white male with a fair complexion, is approximately 5’09” tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. McLean has green eyes and brown hair. McLean was last known to have grown his hair out; however, he has been known to shave his head bald in the past. Investigators have been unable to locate McLean, who was last known to reside on County Road 355, Fulton, Missouri. McLean, who is an over the road truck driver by trade, has ties to:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Chicago, Illinois

St. Peter, Minnesota

Columbia, Missouri

Fulton, Missouri

 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 573-442-6131 or 311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).

 




August 25, 2021

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER BEING STOPPED BY MONTGOMERY COUNIY K9 UNIT

 

On Thursday, August 18 at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit stopped a vehicle at the Jonesburg FastLane. After making contact with the driver and due to developing circumstances, the K9 was taken around the vehicle and gave a positive alert on two areas of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle, Deputies seized a bag containing more than 1/2 pound of methamphetamine, another smaller bag of methamphetamine, a firearm with a defaced serial number, and drug paraphernalia. In addition Deputies seized methamphetamine, heroin, and a syringe from the pockets of the driver. Two subjects were arrested as a result of the traffic stop. Cody G. Jackson, a 33 year old man from Warrenton and Christopher M. Skelton, age 37 from Foristell, Missouri were both transported to the Montgomery County Jail for Drug Trafficking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Defaced Firearm.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST DURING SHOTS FIRED CALL AND ASSAULT WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES ON NORTH PROVIDENCE ROAD  

 

Columbia Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Providence Rd. on Monday, Aug. 23, at approximately 8:20 p.m. to respond to a report of shots fired. Officers arrived and located a male victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by EMS to a local emergency room with life-threatening injuries.  Officers located a suspect while still on the scene collecting evidence. During the investigation, officers discovered the probable cause to arrest the suspect. Jemikia Nicole Jordan, 40, of Columbia, Mo. was arrested for first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

 

OVERLOADED CIRCUIT TO BLAME FOR MEXICO FIRE

 

On August 20 at 8:37 pm, Mexico Public Safety officers were dispatched to 5 Venus in Mexico regarding a structure fire. Officers found a fire in the garage area of the residence that was being used as a bedroom. The fire was located around an overburdened electrical outlet. The fire was contained and extinguished with that area suffering moderate fire damage. The other rooms in the residence suffered smoke damage. There were no injuries during the incident.

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CHRIMES

 

Columbia television station KMIZ is reporting Randall Giboney has been charged with two counts of possession of child porn, sexual exploitation of a minor, child molestation, invasion of privacy and making a false report. The charges came about after a 13 year old victim came forward. Court documents say a victim told investigators she believed she was photographed or recorded by a hidden camera at the suspect’s home in Mexico. The victim said there were numerous times over the past few years that the suspect would touch her and photograph her that made her uncomfortable. Investigators reported seizing a computer, a hard drive and a phone from Giboney according to court documents. Officials found multiple images and/or videos of underage girls. Court documents show that investigators found 96 images of underage girls and multiple videos. Giboney is being held without bond. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

 

 




August 24, 2021

 

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 8 PM THURSDAY

 

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out

of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young

children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles

under any circumstances.

 

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When

possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or

evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat

stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when

possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational

Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent

rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone

overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

 

MISSOURI TASK FORCE TO CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING ONLINE ON WEDNESDAY TO GET INPUT ON RIGHTS OF VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

The state task force reviewing the treatment and support of sexual assault victims in Missouri will conduct its first public hearing on Wednesday Aug. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Missouri Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force invites members of the public to listen to the hearing, which will be conducted online. The hearing will focus on funding recommendations to support sexual assault victims and to conduct investigations.

 

This is the first of four public hearings the task force has scheduled. Each of the remaining hearings will also focus on a specific topic and be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 14 (Standards and Practices; Sept. 22 (Survivor Privacy); and Sept. 28 (Evidence Collection). Information will be provided with details on how to listen to the sessions once it becomes available at https://dps.mo.gov/dir/programs/cvsu/task-force.php

 




August 23, 2021

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR MANY STUDENTS

 

Today is the first day of school for most area students as fall classes resume. Some have mask requirements and some don’t. Regardless , proper hygene and social distancing is something that most all are recommending as students resume actual classroom instruction.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH FRIDAY NIGHT

 

A driver from Oklahoma had moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital after crashing his vehicle in Montgomery County Friday night. Troopers say the 24 year old man failed to negotiate a curve around 11:50 pm on MO 19, near Route J and his vehicle went off the road and struck a ditch.

 

NEW BLOOMFIELD MAN KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

 

Troopers say 40 year old Gabriel M. Lloyd of New Bloomfield died after his pickup went off the right side of Old US 54 in Callaway County Friday morning around 10:30 am. The driver overcorrected resulting in the truck going off the left side of the road and overturning. Lloyd was not wearing a safety device and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

AUXVASSE MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CRASH SOUTH OF MOBERLY SATURDAY NIGHT

 

An Auxvasse man was pronounced deceased at a Columbia hospital early Sunday morning after a crash on US Highway 63, 6 miles south of Moberly at the Renick junction Saturday night at 9pm. The patrol said 73 year old Donald T. Becker was westbound and failed to yield and pulled into the path of a northbound tractor trailer unit and collided. The Becker pickup and the semi came to rest in the median and caught fire.  Becker was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 12:44 AM. The semi driver from American Falls, ID had minor injuries and was also transported to University Hospital for treatment.  A passenger in the Becker pickup, a 17 year old male from Clark was not injured. The Eastern Randolph and Southeastern Randolph Fire Departments, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Randolph County Ambulance personnel, Moberly Police and several troopers provided assistance and most were still on the scene into the early morning hours Sunday as part of the crash investigation and clean up efforts.

 

 




Weekend Report- August 21-22, 2021

 

ROADWORK SCHEDULED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route V – August 23, the road will be reduced to one lane from Route E to Missouri Route 161 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Montgomery County Route DD – August 24-25, the road will be reduced to one lane from Route E to Route A between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Montgomery County Route E – August 26, the road will be reduced to one lane from Route V to Route DD between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Motorists will need to use caution when traveling through the work zone or use alternate routes.

 

MSHP: INCLUDE SAFETY IN YOUR PLANS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to plan for a safe 2021 Labor Day weekend. Whether you are on the water or on the road, it’s everyone's responsibility to travel safely and observe all Missouri laws. 
As you plan your Labor Day weekend, incorporate safety into every facet:

· choosing your route, 
· making sure your equipment is in good working condition, 
· being aware of and following Missouri's traffic and boating laws, 
· driving your vehicle or vessel courteously, and 
· wearing a seat belt or a life jacket.


Help ensure a safer Labor Day weekend for everyone. 

 

In Missouri, 18 people died and 463 were injured in 1,041 traffic crashes over the 2020 Labor Day holiday. This means one person was killed or injured every 9.7 minutes. Troopers arrested 146 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.

The Labor Day holiday is also a busy boating weekend. In 2020, there were 20 boating crashes which included one fatality and six injuries. There were no drownings over last year's Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested seven people for boating while intoxicated during last year's counting period.

The 2021 counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2021, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 6, 2021.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways and waterways. Troopers on the roadways will be enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and impaired driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists. 

Marine enforcement troopers will be working to make our waterways safer during the holiday weekend. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating a vessel. Remember: Smaller vessels should yield right-of-way to larger vessels. Boaters should avoid overloading their boat with too many passengers and always pay close attention to the boats around them. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Life jackets save lives. Wear one when you are on or around water.

Never operate a vehicle or vessel while you are impaired. Alcohol consumption slows reaction time. 

The public is encouraged to call the Patrol's Emergency Report Line (800) 525-5555 or *55 on your cellular phone if they witness criminal activity or experience an emergency. These emergency numbers are operational for both highway and water emergencies. If your celebration includes alcohol, designate someone else to drive whether you are in your boat or your car. Please don't become a statistic.

 




August 20, 2021

 

MEXICO DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

 

State Troopers report 63 year old Robert L. McBaine of Mexico was eastbound on Highway FF and Audrain County Road 935 at 2:25pm Thursday when he attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway. His auto went off the roadway, crossed over a private driveway and overturned. McBaine had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Audrain Community Hospital for treatment.

 

HOLLIDAY MAN PICKED UP IN AUDRAIN COUNTY BY TROOPER

 

A trooper arrested a Holliday, MO man in Audrain County at 3:36 pm Thursday afternoon. 24 year old Landon Haddock was charged with speeding and also had an outstanding Randolph County Felony probation violation warrant for resisting arrest.

 

MISSOURI LAW ENFORCEMENT REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

 

As the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer come to an end, highway safety officials are encouraging drivers to not let down their guard. Highway fatalities continue to be on the rise with a focus on four risky behaviors:  not wearing a seat belt, cellphone use while driving, excessive speeds, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

From August 20 through Labor Day, law enforcement agencies across Missouri will participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving campaign. The campaign has one objective:  keep impaired drivers off the roadways.

In 2020, there were 217 people killed and 713 people seriously injured in Missouri crashes resulting from impaired driving. During the 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, law enforcement officers in Missouri made 213 DWI arrests, 45 DUI drug arrests and 12 arrests for minors in possession.

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, identifies four key focus areas, including impaired driving, to help eliminate traffic deaths. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan and to learn how all Missourians can help make the roadways safer, visit www.savemolives.com.

 




August 19, 2021

 

MARIES COUNTY ESCAPEE ARRESTED IN GASCONADE COUNTY

 

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 18th, Deputies of the Gasconade County Sheriff's Office Located Christopher Koepke, a recent escapee from the Maries County Sheriff's Office. Koepke was taken into custody after a consensual search of a residence on High St. in Bland where Koepke was discovered hiding in the crawl space under the residence.  Koepke was returned to the custody of the Maries County Sheriffs Office.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA ACCEPTING APPLICATOINS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

The Columbia City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions. Boards and commissions are a way for residents to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members. Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Applications are available on the City’s website at CoMo.gov on the City Council page.   

 

The following are current boards and commissions openings:  

 

  • Building Construction Codes Commission
  • Citizens Police Review Board
  • City of Columbia New Century Fund Inc. Board
  • Columbia Sports Commission
  • Convention and Visitors Advisory Board
  • Downtown Columbia Leadership Council
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Parking Advisory Commission
  • Personnel Advisory Board
  • Tax Increment Financing Commission

To view a brief description and eligibility requirements, visit CoMo.gov/Council/Vacancies or contact the Clerk's Office.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL PROVIDES SYNOPSIS OF NEW LAWS RELATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION AND MORE THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 28, 2021

The abbreviated descriptions below are intended to make the public aware of some of the new legislation enacted by the Missouri General Assembly which is related to crime and motor vehicles. The listed legislation has been signed into law. Unless otherwise noted, these laws will go into effect August 28, 2021. The Patrol wishes to make the public aware of several of these new laws or changes to increase public awareness and education. For a complete description of these newly enacted laws, visit the Missouri House of Representatives or Missouri Senate websites or click on the links provided within this news release.

 

SB 26 PROVISIONS RELATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & SB 53, 60 MODIFIES PROVISIONS RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY

EXCURSION GAMBLING BOATS (Sections 313.800, 313.805, and 313.812 RSMo) This bill modifies requirements that gaming facilities must be located on a boat, ferry, or other floating facility to allow a casino to be on a nonfloating facility within 1,000 feet of the Missouri River or Mississippi River, as defined in the bill.

RAP BACK PROGRAM (Section 590.030 RSMo)
This bill provides that, in addition to current requirements for licensure, peace officers must submit to being fingerprinted on or before January 1, 2022, for the purposes of a criminal history background check (including FBI records) and enrollment in the state and federal Rap Back Program. Additionally, any time a peace officer is commissioned with a different law enforcement agency he or she must submit to being fingerprinted. The resulting report shall be forwarded to the peace officer's law enforcement agency. The Rap Back enrollment shall be for the purposes of peace officer disciplinary reports as required by law.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS (Section 590.502 RSMo)
The bill establishes the "Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights" and specifies certain rights a law enforcement officer has when they are the subject of an administrative investigation or are being questioned or interviewed. These rights include being informed of the violation, requiring the complaint to be supported by a sworn affidavit, and allowing the officer to have an attorney or any duly authorized representative. The bill provides that any law enforcement officer who is suspended without pay, demoted, terminated, transferred, or placed on a status resulting in economic loss is entitled to a full due process hearing. Agencies will be deemed to be in compliance with this section if they already have a substantially similar policy in place.

FLASHING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES (Sections 304.022 and 307.175 RSMo)
This bill adds vehicles and equipment owned, leased, or operated by a coroner, medical examiner, or forensic investigator of the County's Medical Examiner's Office, when responding to a crime scene, motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or any location at which the services of those professionals have been requested by a law enforcement officer, to the list of vehicles authorized to use or display fixed, flashing, or rotating red or red and blue lights.

HEAD START SCHOOL BUSES (Section 304.050 RSMo)
This bill provides that a certified Head Start school bus is subject to all provisions that a certified school bus is subject, including in statute regarding traffic control for school bus loading, stopping, and passing purposes.
This provision has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

OFFENSE OF UNLAWFUL POSTING OF CERTAIN INFORMATION ONLINE (Section 565.240 RSMo)
Currently, it is a class C misdemeanor if a person commits the offense of unlawful posting of certain information over the internet if they knowingly post the name, home address, Social Security number, or telephone number of any person on the internet intending to cause great bodily harm or death, or threatening to cause great bodily harm or death to such person.
This bill modifies the current offense by adding "any other personally identifiable information." If a person posts the described information of any law enforcement officer, corrections officer, parole officer, judge, commissioner, or prosecuting attorney, or the information of an immediate family member of such officer, judge, commissioner, or prosecuting attorney, they shall be guilty of a class E felony.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OF POLICE OFFICERS (Section 566.145 RSMo)
The bill provides that a law enforcement officer who engages in sexual conduct with a detainee or prisoner who is in the custody of such officer shall be guilty of a class E felony. A person also commits the offense if the person is a probation and parole officer or a police officer or an employee of or a person assigned to work in a jail, prison, or correctional facility and the person has sexual conduct on duty and the offense is committed by means of coercion.

UNLAWFUL USE OF A LASER POINTER (Section 574.110 RSMo)
This bill creates the offense of using a laser pointer, as defined in the bill, by knowingly directing the light from a laser pointer at a uniformed safety officer, including a peace officer as defined in Section 590.010 RSMo, security guard, firefighter, emergency medical worker, or other uniformed municipal, state, or federal officer. Violation of this offense is a class A misdemeanor.

RESPIRATORY CHOKE HOLDS (Section 590.805 RSMo)
This bill provides that a law enforcement officer is prohibited from knowingly using a respiratory chokehold unless it is being used in defense of the officer or another person from serious physical injury or death. A "respiratory choke-hold" includes the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure to the person's neck with the purpose of controlling or restricting the person's breathing.

POLICE USE OF FORCE DATABASE (Section 590.1265 RSMo)
This bill establishes the "Police Use of Force Transparency bill of 2021." Starting March 1, 2022, each law enforcement agency shall, at least annually, collect and report local data on use-of-force incidents involving peace officers to the National Use of Force Data Collection through the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Use-of-force incidents shall include fatalities and serious physical injuries that are connected to the use of force by an officer. Additionally, each law enforcement agency shall submit such information to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall publish the data reported at least annually and make it publicly available starting March 1, 2023. Finally, the Department of Public Safety shall analyze trends and disparities in rates of use of force by all law enforcement agencies and release a report to the public no later than June 30, 2025, and update it at least every five years.


SB 262 — TRANSPORTATION This bill modifies provisions relating to transportation.
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING This bill enacts an additional tax on motor fuel, beginning with 2.5 cents in October 2021, and increasing by 2.5 cents in each fiscal year until reaching an additional 12.5 cents per gallon on July 1, 2025 (Section 142.803.3 RSMo).

ODOMETER READINGS The bill increases, from 10 years to 20 years, the maximum age of a motor vehicle required to have its odometer readings recorded in certain circumstances (Sections 301.192.1(6) and 301.280.1 RSMo). The bill specifies that the Department of Revenue may allow electronic signatures on written powers of attorney authorizing mileage disclosures and transfers of ownership (Section 407.536.8 RSMo).

COMMERCIAL DRIVING LICENSE BANS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS
The bill enacts a lifetime ban from driving a commercial motor vehicle for any person convicted of using a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving "severe forms of human trafficking in persons,” as defined by federal law (Section 302.755.19 RSMo).


HB 557 — PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
This bill adds a process by which an "exempt-from-licensure residential care facility,” is required to notify the Department of Social Services of their existence and comply with provisions that protect the safety of the children in residence. The provisions include fire and safety inspections, local health department inspections, background checks, medical records for all residents, and information about schools serving the children. This bill creates a process for DSS to provide background checks for licensed residential care facilities or child placing agencies and for residential care facilities subject to the notification requirements of Sections 210.1250 to 210.1286 RSMo. When there are allegations of abuse or neglect in the residential facility, the bill outlines how DSS can petition a court for an order for a home to present a child that is the subject of a child abuse investigation. The bill includes an emergency clause for immediate implementation to protect children.


SB 49 — WATERCRAFT
This bill modifies provisions relating to watercraft and prohibits vessels positioned within 100 feet of a permitted boat dock from being anchored in a manner that obstructs ingress or egress of watercraft to or from the dock, unless authorized by the boat dock permit holder.
The bill also provides that no person shall secure a vessel to or enter upon a private permitted boat dock unless authorized to do so by the boat dock permit holder, or as specified in the bill. A violation of these provisions shall be an infraction. Operating or positioning a vessel in a manner that obstructs or impedes the normal flow of traffic on the waters of this state will be an infraction for a first offense or a class B misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense (Section 306.221 RSMo).

SB 57 — PROVISIONS RELATING TO FUNDING TO CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS TO DETER CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
This bill establishes the "Critical Incident Stress Management Program" within the Department of Public Safety. This program provides services for peace officers to assist them in coping with stress and potential psychological trauma resulting from a response to a critical incident or emotionally difficult event. Additionally, the bill creates the "988 Public Safety Fund" within the State Treasury, which shall be used to provide consultation, risk assessment, education, intervention, and other crisis intervention services to peace officers who have responded to a critical incident or emotionally difficult event. This act also provides that all peace officers shall be required to meet with a program service provider once every three to five years for a mental health check-in.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

08/06/2021 – 08/12/2021

We continue to see an increase in scams. Lately, we have dealt with family emergency scams where they call and try to scare people into sending money to help a loved one in trouble. The scam can play out in many ways, but the game is still the same: The caller lies, tries to scare you, and rushes you to pay so you, don’t have time to think twice or check things out before you send money. If you send the money, chances are you will never get it back.

Over the last 5 years we have taken reports from citizens who have lost a large portion of their life saving to phone scams. According to the F.B.I.’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, over the last 5 years, they have received more than 2.2 million complaints from victims with an estimated total loss of $13.3 Billion dollars. When you receive a telephone call from a possible scammer, always remember, there are no prizes, you won’t be arrested, you do not need to decide now, there is never a reason to send cash or pay with a gift card, and Government Agencies will not call to confirm your sensitive information.

·         On August 6, 2021, Deputies received a report of a C&I driver near the 175mm East Interstate 70. Deputies made contact with the vehicle and further investigation led the arrest of a female subject for two Miller County warrants (2cts. Possession of a Controlled Substance) and one warrant out of Camden County (Possession of a Controlled Substance). A second female subject was also arrested on a Miller County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

·         On August 7, 2021, Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the Bellflower area. Upon arrival Deputies defused the situation and arrested one female subject for a Failure to Appear warrant out of Lake St. Louis.

·         On August 7, 2021, Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident, involving a motorcycle, near the 181mm West Interstate 70. Witnesses stated that the motorcycle started fish tailing, went down onto the pavement, and began to flip, at which time the driver was thrown from the motorcycle. The driver sustained serious injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

·         On August 12, 2021, during the course of a follow-up investigation in the Bellflower area, Deputies arrested a male subject on two Failure to appear warrants, one out of Warren County for Driving While Revoked and one out of St. Charles County for Driving While Revoked.

Calls for the Week:

·         Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·         Public Service Request – Wellsville

·         Pedestrian Check – Jonesburg

·         Stealing – Bellflower

·         Animal Complaint – Jonesburg

·         Traffic Hazard – New Florence

·         Found Property – Montgomery City

·         Child Custody Dispute – High Hill

·         Assist MCAD Medical – New Florence

·         Domestic – Bellflower

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – Rhineland

·         C & I – I 70 EB 159 mm

·         Disturbance – Wellsville

·         Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Motorist Assist - I 70 WB 171 mm

·         Disturbance – McKittrick

·         Suicidal Subject – High Hill

·         Traffic Hazard – New Florence

·         Assist Other Agency – Gamma

·         Domestic – Bellflower

·         Alarm – Montgomery City

·         Assault – Montgomery City

·         Civil Matter – Bellflower

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – Hermann

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·         Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – New Florence

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Jonesburg

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Juvenile Complaint – Jonesburg

·         Citizen Assist – Jonesburg

·         Unwanted Subject – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – New Florence

·         Unwanted Subject – New Florence

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Suspicious Person – Montgomery City

·         Alarm – Middletown

·         Suspicious Activity – Wellsville

·         Pedestrian Check – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Disturbance – Jonesburg

·         Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·         Motorist Assist – I 70 WB 181 mm

·         Motorist Assist – Montgomery City

·         C & I – I 70 EB 172 mm

·         Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 165 mm

·         Vehicle Fire – I 70 WB 186-188 mm

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Disturbance – McKittrick

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Wellsville

·         Domestic – New Florence

·         Suspicious Person – Montgomery City

·         Assault – McKittrick

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Assist Other Agency Fraud – Callaway County

·         Assist Other Agency 911 Accidental – Lincoln County

·         Investigation – Jonesburg

·         911 Open Line – New Florence

·         Suicidal Subject – Montgomery City

·         Assault – High Hill

·         Civil matter – Jonesburg

·         Rape/Sexual Assault – Montgomery City

·         Assist Other Agency – Montgomery City

·         Check Well Being – I 70 EB 178 mm

·         Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City

·         Fraud – Montgomery City

·         Stealing – Hermann

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – I 70

·         911 Accidental – I 70

·         Check Well Being – High Hill

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Child Custody Dispute – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Activity – Danville

·         Unwanted Subject – Wellsville

·         Disturbance – High Hill

·         Domestic – New Florence

·         Stealing – Wellsville

·         Stealing – Danville

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Disturbance – I 70 WB 168 mm

·         911 Accidental – I 70 WB 168 mm

·         Suspicious Activity – Bellflower

·         Assist Other Agency – Montgomery City

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70 WB 173 mm

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Person – New Florence

·         Traffic Hazard – Bellflower

·         Traffic Hazard – Middletown

·         911 Open Line – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Bellflower

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Child Custody Dispute - High Hill

·         Probation Violation – New Florence

·         96 Hour Evaluation - High Hill

·         Dog Bite - Montgomery City

·         Death Investigation - High Hill

·         Unwanted Subject - Montgomery City

·         Warrant Arrest - Bellflower

·         Assault - 3rd Degree - McKittrick

·         Domestic Incident - High Hill

·         Civil Matter - Jonesburg

·         Assist Other Agency - McKittrick

·         Attempted Phone Scam - Montgomery City

·         Unwanted Subjects - Montgomery County

·         Stealing - Danville

·         Warrant Arrest - Bellflower

 




August 18, 2021

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT MONDAY AFTERNOON

 

The Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 4400 block of Rice Road on Monday, Aug. 16 at approximately 3 p.m. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation involving a robbery and multiple shots fired incidents. The search warrant resulted in three firearms being seized along with evidence of shots being fired in the area. During the search, illegal drugs were discovered inside the home. Two juveniles were detained as a result of the investigation and referred to Boone County juvenile authorities. An adult female was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She was released on a summons. There is still one juvenile outstanding who is a suspect in the robbery investigation. The outstanding juvenile fled the scene armed with a handgun. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

OSTARA TO EXPAND IN ST. LOUIS WITH LARGEST FACILITY, CREATING 40 NEW JOBS

 

Ostara St. Louis, Ltd. announced Tuesday it will invest $25 million in St. Louis to construct a new fertilizer production facility, creating 40 new jobs. The facility will be Ostara’s largest facility in the U.S. and use sustainable technology to produce Crystal Green® fertilizer.

Ostara is headquartered in Canada and develops technologies that recover phosphorus and nitrogen from water treatment streams and convert them into eco-friendly fertilizer. During site selection, Ostara chose St. Louis for its renowned agtech industry, world-class educational institutions, and central location.

Ostara currently operates a facility in Florida, but desired an additional presence in the central part of the country. The company will work with local colleges and universities, businesses, and banks to plant roots in St. Louis and create connections needed to build additional facilities in the future. Ostara has begun recruiting for its first St. Louis location and also chose to repurpose an existing facility as part of its mission to protect natural resources.

 




August 17, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

The patrol said a Montgomery City woman was arrested in Montgomery County at 10:07 Monday night. According to the arrest report, 65 year old Nicoletta Peatross was charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

$2 TUESDAY AT MISSOURI STATE FAIR

 

You can help make an impact through supporting the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive underway today at the Missouri State Fair. Admission is just $2 with a minimum donation of 2 cans of food or a $2 donation. In addition to $2 admission, you are encouraged to be on the lookout for $2 carnival rides (most rides) and $2 specials at select concessions and vendors all day! In addition, Missouri FFA will host their Food Insecurity Service Day, with over 900 FFA members who share a heart of service to those in need. Their goal is to reduce childhood food insecurity in Missouri and pack over 200,000 child-friendly meals in honor of Missouri’s 200th birthday that will be distributed to six food banks across our state. Stop by the Agriculture Building to learn more about food insecurity at the canned food display, constructed of 3,000 cans of food donated by Woods Supermarket. All cans used in the display will be added to the Food Drive collection and head to food banks following the Fair. It’s the 2021 Missouri State Fair, underway now at the fairgrounds in Sedalia. Yesterday was Farm Family Day, another popular event with fairgoers.

 

MISSOURI TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION WILL PARTNER WITH TECONOMY TO ADVANCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION STATEWIDE

 

The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) announced last week it will partner with TEConomy Partners, LLC, to conduct a statewide, data-driven initiative to support entrepreneurship and innovation. The initiative was first announced by MTC earlier this year and aims to drive economic growth through the next decade.

TEConomy is a global leader in research, analysis, and strategy for innovation-based economic development, and was selected through a public RFP process for their comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurial ecosystems. The company has worked extensively with other states to develop strategic action plans that boost economic development. MTC will leverage TEConomy’s expertise to create an updated and data-driven plan that advances entrepreneurship and accelerates growth in Missouri. This will result in higher-paying jobs that will benefit communities statewide.

MTC’s strategic initiative will be guided by a steering committee of approximately 15 thought leaders representing Missouri entrepreneurs. A quantitative analysis will compare innovation and entrepreneurship activity to peer states, while a qualitative analysis will help determine Missouri’s strengths and weaknesses. This work will produce a strategic plan that provides recommendations for programs, policies, and initiatives designed to create a road map for addressing Missouri’s evolving entrepreneurial and innovation needs.

MTC plans to bring together diverse voices across Missouri through interviews, regional focus groups, and a survey. Feedback obtained through the survey is critical to sharpening the plan’s focus on statewide goals for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development. For more information about MTC and the entrepreneurship and innovation initiative, visit missouritechnology.com.

 




August 16, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH

 

The patrol reports a trooper with assistance by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department and Callaway County Fire Department investigated a UTV accident that occurred at 12:30 AM on Saturday morning. According to the report 21 year old Cody Watson of Fulton was the driver of the southbound UTV when it traveled off the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle returned to the roadway and then traveled off the roadway again and overturned. Watson was not injured, however a passenger, 21 year old Miranda Phaff of Montgomery City had serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. That crash happened on County Road 183 in Callaway County, just north of County Road 1002.

 

MEXICO DRIVER HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

 

Troopers say 57 year old Carl Wolfe of Mexico was the driver of a vehicle that ran off the left side of Route J, just west of Route O in Audrain County when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The vehicle then returned to the roadway and the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to run off the roadway again and strike an embankment. Wolfe received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Audrain County Community Hospital in Mexico. That crash occurred around 2pm Saturday afternoon. Wolfe was also charged with felony DWI as a result of that crash.

 

ATV CRASH ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RESULTS IN INJURIES

 

Troopers report 63 year old Larry Jones of Thompson was operating an ATV on private property at 12045 County Road 945 in Audrain County around 11am Saturday. Authorities say the ATV driven by Jones was traveling northbound when it struck a tree. Jones had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. A passenger, a 5 year old male juvenile received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

 

THREE VEHICLES AND THREE DRIVERS FROM NEW BLOOMFIELD INVOLVED IN COLLISION FRIDAY AFTERNOON

 

The patrol said 64 year old Richard Thompson failed to yield at Route Y at Callaway County Road 363 Friday afternoon shortly after 3:30 pm and entered the intersection when his auto was struck by another auto driven by 26 year old Nathan Goans of New Bloomfield who’s auto was then struck by another vehicle driven by a 16 year old male Juvenile of New Bloomfield. The juvenile had minor injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by Callaway County Ambulance personnel.

 




Weekend Report- August 14-15, 2021

 

ROADWORK SCHEDULED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route F – August 16-19, the road will be reduced to one lane one-half mile before and after the bridge over Bear Creek between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 11 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Montgomery County Route CC – August 18-19, the road will be reduced to one lane from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 161 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Montgomery County Route V – August 23, the road will be reduced to one lane from Route E to Missouri Route 161 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Montgomery County Route DD – August 24-25, the road will be reduced to one lane from Route E to Route A between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Montgomery County Route E – August 26, the road will be reduced to one lane from Route V to Route DD between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a width restriction of 10 feet in place while work is being completed.

 

Motorists will need to use caution when traveling through the work zone or use alternate routes.

 

MISSOURI REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION TO RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENTS FOR DAMAGE TO PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

 

On Friday Governor Mike Parson requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance to a total of 21 counties in response to severe storms and flooding that began on June 19 and continued through July 1.

Governor Parson is requesting Public Assistance for 21 Missouri counties. Local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies may seek federal assistance for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs for damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure. Those counties are Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray, and Saline.

The joint preliminary damage assessments, conducted by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and local officials began on July 8, and estimated a total of $10 million in damage to public infrastructure and emergency response costs eligible for federal assistance. Missouri’s per-capita threshold for public assistance is nearly $9.3 million, which is determined by FEMA and based on 2010 census data. 

On July 6, Governor Parson announced Missouri’s request for joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in 17 counties. Audrain, Daviess, Grundy, and Ralls counties were later added to the request after more damage was documented locally. Both state and county thresholds must be met in order for a county to be included in the request for Public Assistance.

 




August 12, 2021

 

CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN IN NEXT FEW WEEKS

 

The I70/Rocheport bridge has been called the “lynchpin of America.” It not only connects two counties in Missouri, Boone and Cooper, it connects Missouri’s largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, and it connects a majority of the country. The bridge carries 12.5 million vehicles per year, including 3.6 million trucks. In fact, within 48 hours, trucks carrying goods to all 48 lower states will have crossed this bridge. On July 1, 2021, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission announced the selection of the design-build contractor to replace the Interstate 70 Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport. The design includes two bridges, one in each direction of travel, each with three lanes. This allows for construction to take place with a limited impact to traffic. Actual Construction on the new bridge is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks and be complete by the end of 2024.  To learn more about the project and see pictures of what it will look like visit www.modot.gov/rocheportbridge

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS $17.7 MILLION THROUGH NAP AND YOP SPECIAL CYCLE

The Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that it will award $17.7 million in 50% and 70% tax credits through its Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Special Cycle to 104 nonprofits across Missouri.

The NAP and YOP Special Cycle was created to assist nonprofits and other entities providing services to at-risk populations, prioritizing those serving opportunity youth. COVID-19 has had a massive impact on mental health for all citizens, including children. Anxiety, stress, and other negative conditions have been on the rise, and these organizations provide resources and services that help children deal with these issues.

Up to $8 million of NAP tax credits and $6 million of YOP tax credits were reserved for nonprofit organizations and other entities providing critical services to at-risk youth. Additional NAP and YOP credits were made available for nonprofits addressing other pressing community needs with priority for job training programs and services directly resulting in crime prevention.

 

 




August 11, 2021

 

SWAT CALLED TO ASSIST WITH BARRICADED SUBJECT IN DOMESTIC ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

 

On Tuesday at approximately 12:20 a.m., Columbia Police were dispatched to a domestic assault at a residence in the 10 block of Bright Star Dr. Officers made contact with the victim and observed several injuries. The victim reported the suspect had assaulted her while holding her against her will.  Officers were able to determine that the suspect was inside the residence and attempted to contact him by phone and the patrol vehicle’s PA system, but were unsuccessful. Due to the nature of the incident, the Department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) were requested. The SWAT team established a perimeter while a CNT negotiator made contact with Stockton-Kenney. After a period of negotiations, he surrendered without further incident. Columbia Police arrested Drake Adam Stockton-Kenney, 29, of Columbia, Mo., for kidnapping, first degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

DIVERS RECOVERED DROWNING VICTIM’S BODY AT THOUNSAD HILLS STATE PARK – IDENTITY RELEASED

 

Divers have recovered the body of the man who drowned at Thousand Hills State Park’s Forest Lake Monday afternoon. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division used sonar equipment to locate the body of Steven Puckett, 64, of Unionville, Missouri. Divers found Puckett’s body at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday in the same general area where he went under while swimming. Investigators said Puckett and his friend, Marlys Oglesby, 67, also of Unionville, had rented a pontoon on Monday. Kirksville police said the two were swimming near the boat without life jackets when the tragedy happened.  The highway patrol report said the man left the pontoon voluntarily while attempting to rescue another swimmer and then went under water and did not resurface. Multiple agencies responded to the state park shortly before 2 p.m. Monday to help. Crews used sonar equipment Monday afternoon to try and locate Puckett’s body. They had no luck, but divers returned on Tuesday morning and were able to locate the deceased Unionville man.

 




August 10, 2021

 

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM THURSDAY

 

The National Weather Service says dangerous heat and humidity will continue Tuesday along with the possibility of strong thunderstorms.  Heat index values in excess of 100 to 110 are expected over multiple days. Overnight low temperatures will reside in the mid to upper 70s each morning and climb into the 90’s during the afternoon. A Heat Advisory remains in effect for all counties in our listening area through 8 pm Thursday while an excessive heat warning is in effect for the Kansas City region. In addition, strong to severe storms are possible today with the best chance during the late afternoon and evening hours. Strong winds and brief heavy downpours are the main concerns. The possibility of storms also exists for the rest of the work week across the area. The impacts from the hot temperatures and high humidity could cause heat related illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

 

NEW MASK ORDINANCE IN COLUMBIA FAILS DURING SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING VOTE MONDAY NIGHT

 

Columbia City Council members were split 3 yes and 3 no with one council member absent and a unanimous vote was needed to pass a proposed mask ordinance during a special meeting Monday night. Protestors against the mandate gathered in front of city hall and when allowed to enter the council chambers every seat was full with many others standing around the back of the room. Instead of a mandate, the Columbia/Boone County Health Director said she believed time was better spent working on education outreach and vaccinations. The proposed mask ordinance which was voted on and failed Monday night has been the topic of many during this past week.

 

COLUMBIA PD INVESTIGATING ASSAULT IN 300 BLOCK OF HICKMAN AVENUE MONDAY

 

At approximately 1:19 a.m. on Monday Columbia Police responded to a report of an assault in the 300 block of Hickman Ave. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim who was being treated by EMS for a non-life threatening laceration on his leg.  The victim reported that earlier, he and the suspect had been drinking at a restaurant. Upon returning to the residence on Hickman Avenue, they got into an argument. The suspect brandished a small knife and cut the victim. The suspect left the residence following the incident. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, in his 30’s, wearing all black clothing. The suspect’s last direction of travel was unknown. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




August 9, 2021

 

HEAT BUILDS INTO THE AREA ONCE AGAIN

 

The national Weather Service says hot and humid conditions are expected again this week along with the possibility of showers and thunderstorms. On Monday and Tuesday high temperatures are forecast to be in the low to mid 90s with heat indices between 100-110 degrees and the chance for Showers and Thunderstorms across the region. A heat advisory is in effect for Monday across most of the area. The heat and humidity will provide uncomfortable heat index readings of 100 to 110 degrees through Thursday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Saturday.

 

FATAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH SATURDAY AFTERNOON

 

A motorcycle tire malfunction was to blame for the driver to lose control while traveling westbound on I70 at the 181.2 mile marker in Montgomery County shortly after 3:30 Saturday afternoon. The patrol said Charles Hamilton was operating the motorcycle when he lost control and the bike struck the ground ejecting both the driver and a passenger. The passenger was identified as 58 year old Deborah L. Hamilton of Belleville, MO who was pronounced deceased at the scene while Charles Hamilton was seriously injured and transported to University Hospital for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT REGARDING MASK MANDATE

 

The Columbia City Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting tonight (Monday, Aug. 9) at 7 p.m. to discuss a mask mandate. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway in downtown Columbia and will also be broadcast live on the City Channel and streamed live on the internet. The Council will first hear public comments before voting on a mask mandate. Comments can also be submitted to the City Clerk via e-mail by 4 p.m. this (Mon) afternoon. The agenda for the meeting and links to the live stream and the live broadcast can be found on the city website. A six-sevenths vote will be required to approve a mask mandate and pass an ordinance as an emergency measure. 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED STATE IS TRIPLING THE NUMBER OF MUTUAL AID AMBULANCES IN REDUCING COVID-19 CASELOAD STRAIN

 

On Friday morning, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that the state is tripling the number of mutual aid ambulances that provide long-haul patient transfers to help reduce the rising COVID-19 caseloads straining hospitals. Thirty ambulances and more than 60 trained personnel are scheduled to begin arriving in five regions of the state. The new ambulance strike teams, provided in response to a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, include 20 advanced life-support ambulances, five basic life-support ambulances, five specialty care ambulances, and required medical and support personnel. They are expected to begin transporting patients as early as Saturday. The teams are tasked with operating anywhere there is a critical need in Missouri through Sept. 5. Ambulance strike teams will initially be positioned in Regions A (Kansas City area), B (northeast Missouri), D (southwest Missouri), G (south-central Missouri), and H (northwest Missouri) and have the ability to move as needed. Thirteen federally-provided life support ambulances in southwest Missouri will replace the 10 ambulances provided through the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management and an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The Arkansas teams will depart for home today. Since they began working in Missouri, the 10 ambulances have logged more than 53,000 miles on 223 patient transports. Some of those transports required roundtrips of seven to nine hours or more.

 

 




Weekend Report- August 7-8, 2021

 

ROADWORK PLANNED TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Aug. 9-12, MoDOT crews will be performing roadwork on Route E in Montgomery County.  The route will be closed from Route O to Route DD between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily while work is being completed.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHARGES

 

The highway patrol reports an Overland Park, Kansas man was arrested at 9:33 AM Thursday in Montgomery County and is facing several drug charges. 31 year old Clark D. Davis was arrested for: 1.) FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - AMPHETAMINE. 2.) FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - HALLUCINOGEN. 3.) FELONY POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - HEROIN. 4.) POSSESSION OF 10 GRAMS OR LESS OF MARIJUANA. 5.) UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Davis was held at the Montgomery County jail and has since been released. Also arrested at the same time was 28 year old Cheyenne R. Tooker of Raytown who was charged with 1.) MISDEMEANOR HENRY COUNTY WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR ORIGINAL CHARGES OF NO SEAT BELT AND SPEEDING. She was held at the Montgomery County Jail pending posting of bond.

 

 




August 5, 2021

 

MISSOURI STATE FAIR OFFICALLY KICKS OFF AUGUST 12TH AND RUNS THROUGH Aug 22nd

 

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to roll into Sedalia and for the 2021 Missouri State Fair. In spite of rising COVID-19 cases and other mask mandates, there will be no requirement that anyone wear a mask? Amid a surge in coronavirus cases and a stagnant vaccination rate, the head of the Pettis County Health Center administrator JoAnn Martin said officials have not issued a mask mandate during the Aug. 12-22 running of the Missouri State Fair. “We have no plans to reinstitute a mask requirement,” Martin told a St. Louis newspaper on Thursday, but officials are planning for a vaccination push during the fair. This year’s fair comes after the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic and replaced by a smaller youth livestock show.

 

ASHLAND MAN AND ACCOMPLICE IN CUSTODY AFTER FATAL STABBING LAST FRIDAY 

 

The Ashland murder suspect is in custody along with an accomplice. According to court documents, Robin Morales-Sanchez allegedly assaulted Moises Hernandez-Sanchez and then stabbed him in the torso 10 times and the neck once on the morning of July 30. During this investigation, Ashland officers obtained several search warrants, ultimately revealing the location of Robin Morales-Sanchez in Iola, Kansas. Officers also developed probable cause to believe Sarah Beth Malki was helping Morales-Sanchez and attempting to aide him in his flight from the United States. Ashland Police teamed with the Iola Police Department to close in on the location and IPD coordinated with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations to execute the search warrant. On Wednesday, KBI served a search warrant in the 400 block of S. Colborn St. in Iola, Kansas where they located Morales-Sanchez and Malki. Morales-Sanchez was arrested for murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, and two counts of armed criminal action. Malki was arrested for hindering prosecution of a felony. Both are in custody and awaiting extradition to Missouri, with no bond allowed.

 

 




August 4, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ASSISTS AUDRAIN COUNTY IN MOTORCYCLE PURSUIT

 

On Tuesday at approximately 11:21 am, Joint Communications advised Audrain County Deputies were in pursuit of a motorcycle and they were about to enter Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to assist. The pursuit went through Wellsville and then throughout several County Roads, between Hwy. 19 and Glazier Trail Road. The motorcyclist drove through a yard and into a corn field off of Porters Road. After driving approximately 500 yards through the field, the driver of the motorcycle wrecked. Both the driver and the passenger of the motorcycle were taken into custody for resisting arrest, numerous traffic violations and outstanding warrants. Audrain County Sgt. Derek Chism received minor injuries upon striking a ditch that was hidden by the tall fescue, at the completion of the pursuit. Audrain County K9 Chal was not injured and the K9 Unit had minimal damage.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING BURGLARY OF ATM

 

At approximately 3:40 a.m. on August 2, Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of a commercial burglary at River Region Credit Union, 3000 Carter Ln. Upon arrival, officers located vandalism to two ATM machines on the business premises. Officers located several pieces of debris from the ATM on the ground. The ATM was missing an undisclosed amount of cash inside the machine. At this time, there is no suspect description available. 

 

BACK TO SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND

 

By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only. This year, the Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 8, however cities, counties, and other districts have the option to not participate. A complete list of those who have elected not to participate in the Sales Tax Holiday can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov

 




August 3, 2021

 

EXTENSIVE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT TURNS UP EMPTY IN GASCONADE COUNTY

 

Gasconade County Sheriff’s Deputies, Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, Maries County Sheriff’s, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted an extensive search for a male subject, Grant L. Gaither. The Phelps County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit with Grant. Grant traveled into Gasconade County where he wrecked on Gorrell Road. Last known location of Grant was on foot running North. After an extensive search of the area, Gaither was not located. Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the area throughout the day. If you have any information or see anyone walking matching Gaither’s description in the Redbird area, please contact the Sheriff’s Office. 573-437-7770. Grant is considered Armed and Dangerous please do NOT approach Grant.

If you have any information please contact Gasconade County E911 at 573-437-7770 or 911.

 

KITCHEN FIRE EXTENGISHED IN MEXICO

 

On Saturday, July 31 at approximately 11:16 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Quantico Rd. in reference to a kitchen fire. Responding personnel found that a resident had placed a pan on a stove and forgot about it, causing a small fire.  The fire was extinguished after damaging the stovetop and some surrounding cabinetry.  There were no injuries from the incident. 

 

MARK TWAIN MEMORIAL BRIDGE IN HANNIBAL INSPECTION UNDERWAY THIS WEEK

Drivers crossing the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hannibal will have to move over to allow bridge inspection crews to do their annual inspection of the bridge.  The inspection includes evaluating all parts of the bridge including the piers, superstructure (below the deck) and the deck, as well as any components on the bridge. The inspection started Monday on the eastbound lanes.  This will be a work zone, so drivers need to pay attention and move over to allow inspectors and their equipment plenty of room to work.

 




August 2, 2021

 

HERMANN RESIDENTS INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

The Highway Patrol reports two Hermann residents were seriously injured in an ATV accident Sunday afternoon in Gasconade County.  40 year old Andrew J. Warfield was operating an ATV on Horstman Road, about two miles north of Route E when he lost control on the gravel.  The ATV traveled off the left side of the road and overturned. Warfield and his passenger, 49 year old Eva M. Colby both had serious injuries.  Colby was transported by Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment while Warfield was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.  The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

 

DISTURBANCE IN COLUMBIA MALL PARKING LOT RESULTS IN ONE MAN BEING ARRESTED

 

Around 7 a.m. on Sunday Columbia Police were dispatched to the parking lot of the Columbia Mall for a disturbance of an adult male assaulting an adult female in the parking lot. 

Through further investigation, officers learned the male suspect attempted to run over the victim with a vehicle.  The suspect continued assaulting the victim by grabbing her by the hair and dragging her into the car described as a silver SUV last seen traveling north on Stadium north of I-70.  Shortly after 2 p.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Gus Ct. for a verbal altercation. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect vehicle from the prior disturbance at the Columbia Mall incident. 

Further investigation revealed 34-year old Joseph Jones of Columbia had assaulted an adult female victim at the Columbia Mall.  Jones was arrested for domestic assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, and second degree kidnapping.

He is being held at the Boone County Jail. 

 

FRIDAY MORNING HOMICIDE IN ASHLAND – ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR SUSPECT

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for the murder suspect in an Ashland Homicide Friday morning and is also wanted in Cole County on a domestic assault warrant.  Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous and if sited, individuals should not contact him, but instead should contact local law enforcement or report the sighting via Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 573-875-8477.  Authorities say 19-year-old Robin Morales-Sanchez is wanted for the Friday morning murder of Moises Hernandez-Sanchez. Morales-Sanchez also assaulted another individual according to police. Morales-Sanchez is being charged with murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action.

 




Weekend Report- July 31-August 1, 2021

 

ROADWORK PLANNED TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Aug 2-5 & 9-12, MoDOT crews will be performing roadwork on Route E in Montgomery County.  The route will be closed from Route O to Route DD between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily while work is being completed.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE PRESENT IN BICENTENNIAL EDITION MAP

 

The Bicentennial Edition of the Official Missouri Highway Map celebrates 200 years of travel in the Show-Me State. You can pick up your free copy August 12- 22 at the Highway Gardens Expo Center at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia or contact your local MoDOT district office. “More than a million people have requested or picked up a printed Missouri highway map over the past two years,” said MoDOT Director of Transportation Planning, Eric Curtit. “We print 1.3 million maps every two years. While many travelers rely on their smartphones or other GPS systems to get around, a lot of people don’t have these options.” Among other advantages, the paper map allows motorists to plan their route without having to worry about cellphone coverage or data drops, Curtit said. The Bicentennial Edition souvenir map features a brief history of travel in Missouri, beginning before the state was ratified on August 10, 1821, through frontier days and into the state’s modern era with 33,830 miles of state-maintained routes, 4,800 miles of railroad tracks, 1,380 miles of Interstate highways, 125 public-use airports and 15 public ports. The map is also great for locating public-use airports, hospitals, colleges and universities, national forests, state parks and conservation areas. If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order a state map by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or request a map online at modot.org/official-state-highway-map.

 




July 27, 2021

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURES PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DUE TO PAVEMENT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.  All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route AA - July 26-28, road will be closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route BB for pavement work. 

 

Montgomery County Route PP - July 29, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route AA to where state maintenance ends for pavement work. 

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. 

 

CONSOLIDATED MACHINE AND WELDING EXPANDS IN HANNIBAL, CREATING 30 NEW JOBS

 

Consolidated Machine and Welding announces it will expand its facility in Hannibal, investing $4.3 million and creating 30 new jobs in the area.

Consolidated Machine and Welding is a full service metal fabrication shop that provides state-of-the-art laser technology for customized products. The company’s expansion includes the purchase of a vacant building in Hannibal, which will allow for expanded powder coating, assembly, and warehousing capabilities. 

For their expansion, Consolidated Machine and Welding used the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.

 

 




July 26, 2021

 

HOT WEATHER CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE

 

The National Weather Service says the hot weather pattern will remain with us through most of this week. Heat indices are expected to rise to 95-100 degrees this afternoon and into the 95-105 degree category Tuesday through Friday in most of our areas. . Non-severe thunderstorms are also possible today south of I-70 for the most part. A slightly better chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday for most all of us.

 

MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SATURDAY

 

A Seymour, Indiana man was seriously injured at 11:25 am Saturday morning in Montgomery County. The patrol said 68 year old Ronald Kleber was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after his westbound motorcycle traveled off Interstate 70 at the 168 mile marker and overturned multiple times, ejecting the driver. Troopers were assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING ON DOVE DRIVE SATURDAY

 

At approximately 8:06 p.m. on Saturday night, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 3300 block of Dove Dr. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with a serious gunshot wound and called for EMS to assist.  The male victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of those injuries. Columbia Police say there is no suspect description available at this time, but since this is an ongoing incident, more may become available later and if you know something, say something! Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

COVID-19 STATEWIDE NUMBERS

 

Statewide, Missouri now has a seven day COVID-19 positivity rate of 14.7 as of Sunday. The increase in positivity comes along with 1,253 additional confirmed cases bringing the total to 557,109 since the start of pandemic. Health officials also recorded 367 new probable cases with a total number of 106,018 antigen test results being positive. No new deaths were recorded Sunday. DHSS has recorded a total of 9,557 deaths in the state since the start of the virus.

 

 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- July 24-25, 2021

 

NEW BRIDGE OPENS ON ROUTE P IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Motorists now have the opportunity to drive across the new bridge on Route P at Dry Fork Creek, located 0.7 mile south of Route K near Americus in Montgomery County. The bridge closed in May to undergo replacement.  The new bridge is four foot wider than the previous one for added safety.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

TEMPORARILY CLOSURE PLANNED FOR ROUTE FF IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, July 26-27, MoDOT crews will be performing roadwork on Route FF in Montgomery County.  The route will be closed from Bellville Road to New Truxton Road between 7am and 3:30pm daily while work is being completed.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes.

 




July 22, 2021

 

FULTON MAN FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES AFTER HITTING CASEWORKER AND OFFICER WITH VEHICLE

 

KMIZ TV in Columbia says Fulton police arrested a man Wednesday they say hit a caseworker and officer with a vehicle. Officers report Charles McMasters entered the caseworker's vehicle drove the vehicle, hitting the caseworker and an officer     on the scene. Both were knocked to the ground and suffered moderate injuries. Officials say McMasters drove away in the stolen vehicle and led officers on a pursuit west of Fulton towards Columbia on Route F and then onto Route WW before spike strips were used to disable the vehicle near Legion Drive and Rt WW near Columbia. McMasters was arrested and taken to Callaway County Jail. He was arrested on suspicion of charges including tampering first-degree, resisting arrest, careless and imprudent driving, first-degree assault with a vehicle, first-degree assault on law enforcement and felony property damage. The investigation is ongoing.

 

DELI STAR ESTABLISHES NEW HEADQUARTERS IN ST. LOUIS, BRINGING 475 JOBS TO MISSOURI

 

Deli Star Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of prepared meal proteins and deli solutions, announced Tuesday that it will locate its new headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The new facility represents more than $99 million in capital investment and will bring 475 jobs to Missouri.

Construction is set to begin on the facility this summer, and Deli Star plans to begin production at the facility in early 2022. The 110,000 sq. ft. facility will produce Deli Star’s world-class proteins, including sous-vide proteins, slow cooked meats, deli logs, protein salads, sauces, and plant-based proteins. 

Headquartered for 34 years in Fayetteville, Illinois, Deli Star’s production facilities were destroyed by a fire in January 2021. The fire forced Deli Star executives to begin a search for new location opportunities, exploring local, regional, and out-of-state options. After an extensive, highly competitive search, Deli Star chose to continue business operations in the Greater St. Louis region, thanks in part to its highly skilled and available talent pool, low business costs, and world-class quality of living.

Because its new location in St. Louis City includes an existing building, Deli Star can quickly resume its production operations after only a few months of renovations. The short turnaround will allow the company to get back to its valued customers and business sooner, as well as create new opportunities to expand and innovate.

The new facility is located just a few miles east of the company’s new Food Discovery Center, a unique food research and development hub. The close proximity of the two facilities will drive innovation and collaboration with local companies and organizations, including a new job training program with St. Louis Public Schools.

For its relocation, Deli Star used the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. Deli Star is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses of all sizes with their recruitment and training needs.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media recently the following investigations, arrests, calls and more for the period 07/09/2021 – 07/15/2021 …

On July 10, 2021, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Big Springs area. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

On July 13, 2021, Deputies stopped a vehicle north of Montgomery City. The driver was arrested for driving with a revoked driver’s license and for a failure to appear warrant, original charge, Felony Driving while Revoked.

On July 14, 2021, Deputies responded to High Hill for a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner walked out of their residence, that morning, and discovered their Gray 2018 Ford Explorer stolen. If you have any information, whether it being a suspicious person or activity, please contact dispatch at 573-564-3378 and request a deputy. This investigation is on-going.

On July 14, 2021, Deputies responded to Graham Cave State Park for a report of a suspicious person at the park. Deputies on scene identified the subject and confirmed a Felony Probation Violation Warrant with NO BOND. The subject was arrested and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

On July 14, 2021, Deputies responded to Pinnacle Lake Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Through the course of the investigation Deputies located the suspect vehicle, but it was empty. The driver of the vehicle was later located in the woods where he had been hiding. In further speaking with the subject deputies recognized the subject was experiencing a mental health crisis. Deputies were able to coordinate with a mental health facility and get the subject the subject the treatment he needed.

In July 15, 2021, Deputies responded to the Wellsville area for a report of a person acting suspicious. The subject acting suspicious drove to a residence at the end of a dead end road. The subject appeared lost and couldn’t give any true reason of driving to this area from outside Montgomery County. Deputies arrived on scene and through Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.); Deputies were able to determine the subject was suffering from a mental health emergency and were able to keep the subject calm. Located in the vehicle, was also a 4 week old infant. The infant had no injuries when checked by EMS. Deputies took custody of infant until the arrival of the Children’s Division. The subject was taken to the hospital for the mental health emergency.

Calls for the Week:
Suspicious Person – McKittrick
Suspicious Person – Montgomery City
Civil Stand-by – Bellflower
Citizen Assist – New Florence
Public Service Request – Jonesburg
Child Abuse/Neglect - Montgomery City
Burglary – High Hill
C & I – I 70
Motorist Assist – High Hill
911 Accidental - Jonesburg
911 Accidental - Jonesburg
Trespassing – Danville
Alarm – High Hill
Fraud – Jonesburg
Check Well Being – Jonesburg
C & I – New Florence
C & I – Hermann
Animal Complaint – Hermann
Suspicious Vehicle – Jonesburg
911 Open Line – Truxton
Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City
Suspicious Person – New Florence
911 Accidental - Truxton
Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City
911 Open Line – Montgomery City
Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City
Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence
911 Accidental – I 70
911 Accidental – High Hill
911 Accidental – I 70
C & I – I 70
Disturbance – New Florence
Unwanted Subject – New Florence
911 Open Line – Jonesburg
911 Accidental - Truxton
911 Accidental - Truxton
Motorist Assist – New Florence
Assist Other Agency – I 70
Vehicle Fire – I 70 WB
Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 175 mm
Motorist Assist – I 70 WB 177 mm
Disturbance – Montgomery City
Traffic Hazard – Rhineland
Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 WB 186 mm
Fraud – Danville
Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 182 mm
Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70
Motorist Assist – I 70
Assist Other Agency – I 70
Motorist Assist - I 70
Citizen Assist – Jonesburg
Arrest – New Florence
Motorist Assist – I 70
Suspicious Person – Wellsville
Check Well Being – Jonesburg
Leave Without Pay – New Florence
Stolen Vehicle – High Hill
911 Accidental – Unknown
C & I – High hill
Check Well Being – Montgomery City
Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg
Disturbance – Rhineland
911 Accidental – Jonesburg
Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 172 mm
Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill
Assist Other Agency – I 70 EB 150 mm
Unwanted Subject – Wellsville
Pedestrian Check – Montgomery City
Motorist Assist – High Hill
Abandoned Vehicle – Montgomery City
Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence
Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City
Animal Abuse/Neglect – Danville
Abandoned Vehicle – Wellsville
Citizen Assist – New Florence
Suspicious Vehicle - Jonesburg
Damage to County Vehicle - New Florence
Driving While Revoked - Big Spring
Forgery - Montgomery City
Warrant Arrest - Montgomery City
Stealing - Motor Vehicle - High Hill
Assist Warren County - Montgomery County
Mental Health Issues - Wellsville
Drug Investigation - Montgomery City

 




July 21, 2021

 

NARCOTICS SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED IN JONESBURG

 

Monday night, July 19th, 2021 the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesburg Police Department and the East Central Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block of Cedar Street in Jonesburg.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, fentanyl, and drug paraphernalia and two subjects were arrested as a result of this investigation. Marcus D. Wray, 42 of Jonesburg and Megan R. Connor, age 39 of Jonesburg were both placed under arrest pending formal charges and were being held at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Montgomery City.   Anyone having information concerning illegal drug activity is urged to contact the East Central Drug Task Force at 573-473-5801, extension 330 or 888-823-Meth (6384).

 

LANDOWNERS & TENANTS INVITED TO RESPOND TO MISSOURI RENTAL RATE SURVEY

 

Landowners lease roughly 35% of Missouri crop, pasture and woodland acreage to renters every year. Rented acreage has increased in recent years as more land has transitioned to the next generation, interest rates have incentivized land investments and interest in carbon markets and working land conservation has grown. To provide information Missourians can use when negotiating land rental rates, MU researchers invite landowners, farmers, ranchers and hunters to participate in the 2021 Missouri rental rate survey. The survey collects rental agreement information for cropland, pasture, woodland hunting, building and facility rental, hay ground, livestock stocking rates and future expectations. The results will be published in the Missouri Agricultural Rental Rate Summary, which will be available at extension.missouri.edu and from county extension centers. The anonymous survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete.

 

25 AREA YOUTH LEADERS SELECTED AS MISSOURI 4-H AMBASSADORS

 

State 4-H Council has selected 25 youths ages 14-18 to serve as the first class of Missouri 4-H Ambassadors.

These youth leaders will be tasked with promoting 4-H programs throughout the state, said Samantha Brandeberry, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H educator. They will also help plan and facilitate a teen conference next spring.

Up to four youths were selected from each of Missouri 4-H’s eight regions, Brandeberry said. They will help increase 4-H’s visibility at events, gather and utilize youth opinion and further develop youth-adult partnerships. The Missouri State Fair, Aug. 12-22, will be the first event the ambassadors will assist with.

“We’re excited to provide a new leadership opportunity for our teens,” said Brandeberry. “We anticipate that the adoption of this program will help strengthen youth leadership skills and confidence to prepare them for elevated leadership levels on the State 4-H Council, at college and in their future careers.”

This year’s Missouri 4-H Ambassadors:

 

  • Paighton Witt, Franklin County, East Central Region.
  • Abbigail Kleinsorge, Montgomery County, East Central Region.
  • Ethan Estrada, Boone County, Northeast Region.
  • Aurora Harris, Schuyler County, Northeast Region.
  • Sophia White, Boone County, Northeast Region.
  • Talib Webster, Boone County, Northeast Region.
  • Kaci Wright, Andrew County, Northwest Region.
  • Zoe Engelbrecht, Lafayette County, Northwest Region.
  • Ruby Schmidt, Carroll County, Northwest Region.
  • Morgan Watkins, Lafayette County, Northwest Region.
  • Connor Lincoln, Bollinger County, Southeast Region.
  • Israel Melchior, Perry County, Southeast Region.
  • Kaylea Bell, Shannon County, Southeast Region.
  • Sergio Mendoza, Cape Girardeau County, Southeast Region.
  • Tannah Grigg-Casssatt, Jasper County, Southwest Region.
  • Ashlynn Ball, Barton County, Southwest Region.
  • Andrew Shelton, Barton County, Southwest Region.
  • Giada Molton, Douglas County, Southwest Region.
  • David Farr, Clay County, Urban West Region.
  • Emmalyn Schnieders, Clay County, Urban West Region.
  • Anna Wingbermuehle, St. Charles County, Urban East Region.
  • Molly Archer, Laclede, County, West Central Region.
  • Jana Bruce, Cass County, West Central Region.
  • Preslee Bower, Vernon County, West Central Region.
  • Christian Siegel, Cooper County, West Central Region.

Missouri 4-H is a youth development organization and part of University of Missouri Extension. For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu

 

 




July 20, 2021

 

BOONE COUNTY FAIR RETURNS TO COLUMBIA FAIRGROUNDS

 

Today (Tuesday) marks the start of the 2021 Boone County Fair and this year the fair returns to the fairgrounds in Columbia. The past 4 fairs were held in Sturgeon after the fairgrounds was closed due to lack of funding and last year’s fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department gave the green light for the fair to continue as planned. The health department will have a vaccine clinic at the fair each day from 4 to 10 p.m.  Tickets for the fair are $10 and children 6 and under are free.  In addition to all the normal fair events and activities, those attending will enjoy five full days of carnival rides and live entertainment. Also new this year is a Car Show on Saturday, where owners will display various makes and models of vehicles. It all kicks off today and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Columbia. The Montgomery County Fair is also in full swing this week at the fairgrounds in Montgomery City and lots of other Summertime events are happening throughout the area.

 

ROOTS & BLUES RETURNS THIS SEPTEMBER

 

Another popular event that is on this year’s schedule is the Roots and Blues Festival in Columbia. Last years event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but health officials and festival organizers have set September 24th through the 26th at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia.

 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT ARREST AND GUN SHOTS IN MEXICO

 

On Friday, at 9:21 pm, a Mexico Public Safety officer heard gunshots in the area of the 1300 block of N Clark and saw a vehicle leaving the area. The officer stopped the vehicle on N Jefferson near Bourne Street. Investigation revealed that there had been a disturbance in a home on N Clark and as some of the people left, a 17-year-old male juvenile fired a gun in the air. William C Garcia-Hernandez, age 24, was arrested for Domestic Assault, 3rd degree, and taken to the Audrain County Jail. The 17-year-old male was detained by the 12th Circuit Court, Juvenile Division for various charges.

No one was injured from the gunshots.

 

 




July 19, 2021

 

CAR CRASH BELIEVED TO BE CAUSE OF COLUMBIA POWER OUTAGE SUNDAY

 

Columbia Police say a car crash on Worley Street and North Garth Avenue is believed to be the cause of a power outage in Columbia early Sunday morning that left 562 customers without power. The driver of the car was able to exit the flipped vehicle and was not reportedly injured. Bystanders saw sparks from transformers after the auto hit a pole on Worley.  CPD said they don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash but speeding involved in the accident.

 

MONROE CITY MAN CRASHES VEHICLE IN MARION COUNTY SUNDAY MORNING

 

Troopers say 20 year old Nolan Pennewell of Monroe City was traveling on Route Z, 3 miles north of Monroe City in Marion County around 5:30 am Sunday morning when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a fire hydrant and overturned. After further investigation, the driver was arrested later Sunday morning on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in a crash and being a minor visibly intoxicated.

 

SERVICE-ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS WANTED TO JOIN WINTER MAINTENANCE TEAM AT MODOT

 

Are you looking for a job with excellent benefits where you can make a difference in the lives of your fellow Missourians?  The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking for you.

Right now, there are full-time maintenance positions open across the state. Salaries start at $14.75 an hour, depending on level of experience and area of operation.

Full-time maintenance employees receive training and a long list of benefits including paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance and a retirement plan; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old and successfully complete a criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment). If you don’t already have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), MoDOT will provide training to help you obtain one.

Maintenance employment with MoDOT continues into the spring as the season turns to mowing. There are opportunities for advancement and a long-term career. Opportunities for year-round employment include mowing, striping and other maintenance functions.

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply online for positions across the state, go to  www.modot.org/opportunities-maintenance.

 

 




Weekend Report- July 17-18, 2021

 

TROY MAN KILLED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Troy man was killed in an accident that occurred at 9pm Friday in Montgomery County.  50 year old Bobby Aery was on 91 Strube Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

PEDESTERIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR

 

A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a car Friday night in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that the incident occurred as 52 year old Robert Harris of High Hill was driving down the middle of the road when 21 year old David Santiago of Summertown, TN ran into the roadway and was struck by the car.  Santiago was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  25 year old Andrew Gillick of Eureka was eastbound on I-44 when his car traveled off the left side of the road, struck the median concrete barrier, began sliding, overturned and came to rest in the roadway, facing north.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

 




July 16, 2021

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURES PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DUE TO PAVEMENT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.  All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E (North) - July 19-21, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route O for pavement work. 

 

Montgomery County Route JJ - July 22, road will be closed from Route E to Price's Branch Bridge for pavement work.

Montgomery County Route AA - July 26-28, road will be closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route BB for pavement work. 

 

Montgomery County Route PP - July 29, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route AA to where state maintenance ends for pavement work. 

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

SHOOTING NEAR BAGNELL STRIP NEAR CASABLANCA BAR LEAVES ONE DEAD-FOUR INJURED

 

One person is dead and four injured after a shooting near a bar at the Bagnell Dam Strip at Lake Ozark. In a news release by the city, officials report they believe the shooting to be gang-related and the public should not be concerned about their safety. City officials said people reported the shooting around 8 p.m. Thursday and several suspects were detained at the scene. Authorities did not release the name of the person on Thursday night that died as their investigation continues. Reports from the scene say more than a dozen people were fighting outside Casablanca prior to the shooting.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN JULY 11TH SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT ON RICE ROAD

Columbia Police have arrested Channing Tyler Williams, 27, of Columbia, MO for the charges of five counts of assault in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. He has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. On Wednesday, July 14, the Columbia Police Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), Vice Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit (VNOC) and Street Crimes Unit (SCU) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 3400 block of Madrid Ln. There were no injuries reported during this incident. During service of the search warrant, detectives located the vehicle involved in the shots fired incident that had sustained damage from gunfire, along with a firearm that was inside the residence. At approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 4300 block of Rice Rd. Officers located evidence of shots being fired, including property damage to vehicles and a residence. There were no injuries reported. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

  




July 15, 2021

 

SHOW ME STATE GAMES KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND

 

The 37th Annual Show-Me State Games continues its summer schedule of events this weekend. Featuring more than 40 sporting competitions and special events, the Show-Me State Games is for Missourians of all ages and skill levels. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia and will feature several athletes from the University of Missouri. The event is free and open to the public and includes the parade of athletes as well as the lighting of the cauldron. If you are interested in joining the parade, meet at Mizzou Arena at the front entrance at 6:30 p.m., and there will be volunteers to line everyone up. For more information, visit smsg.org.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFFS REPORT

SHERIFF'S REPORT 06/30/2021 - 07/08/2021

  • On July 1, 2021, Deputies responded to Middletown for a report of a wanted person waving a hatchet at the FedEx driver. Deputies arrived on scene and the subject fled on foot. Deputies were able to set up a perimeter around the subject. Deputies were able to locate the subject which resulted in another foot pursuit. Deputies were able to catch the subject and place him under arrest. The subject had a felony warrant for possession of controlled substance and other drug charges. The subject is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a NO BOND warrant for Felony Resisting Arrest and a $10,000 Cash only warrant for a Felony Drug Violation.
  • On July 2, 2021, Deputies responded to a roll-over accident on I-70. Several people, including children, were trapped in the upside down vehicle with one pinned underneath. Deputies, EMS, and fire were able to get the victims out. The victims were transported to the hospital by EMS with serious injuries.
  • On July 7, 2021, Deputies responded to New Florence for an overdose. Two subjects traveling in separate semis were stopped on the off ramp overnight. The victim made comments of being “high” and wanting to cool off in the cab of the semi. The following morning the victim was found deceased from an overdose.On July 7, 2021, Deputies responded to McKittrick for a report of a person drowning, not breathing. The reporting party ran to a person camping and requested them call 911. On scene, deputies discovered the reporting party was under the influence of illegal substances and was delusional. Our deputies have many hours of Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.) and are able to recognize mental health emergencies. Because of this, Deputies were able to aid the person and transport them to a mental health facility for treatment. On July 7, 2021, Deputies responded to an overdose in the Big Spring area. The reporting party was giving CPR and had already delivered a dose of NARCAN before deputies and EMS arrived. The victim became alert again and was provided more treatment by EMS on scene.
  • On July 8, 2021, Deputies responded to New Florence area in an attempt to locate a subject for stealing from the Abel’s Quik Stop. Back story was that a subject went into the Abel’s store and purchased items by using a credit card. Before the transaction went through, the subject left and the transaction was denied. During the course of the investigation, Deputies received information that this was the same subject who had been using this same scam in Callaway County, Jonesburg, and Wentzville. Deputies located the subject on I-70 and initiated a traffic stop. The subject was placed under arrest. During a search of the vehicle, the stolen items from Callaway County and New Florence Abel’s were located. Also located was heroin and several plastic baggies for distribution of illegal substances. The subject was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he is currently being held on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Displaying Plates of Another. New Florence, Jonesburg, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, Wentzville PD, and other agencies have pending charges stealing.

 




July 14, 2021

 

GAS TAX TO INCREASE IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri’s gasoline tax will be increasing for the first time in decades as Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed the measure. The first 2.5-cent increase is slated to take effect in October, which will bring the gas tax to 19.5 cents. The law will gradually raise the state's 17-cent-a-gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years, with the option for buyers to get a refund if they keep track of their receipts.

 

FULTON TEEN EJECTED FROM VEHICLE

 

A Female juvenile, 14, from Fulton was eastbound at 2117 Route F in Callaway County at 8:36 pm Tuesday when the Quad runner struck a ditch, ejecting the driver. The juvenile had moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE URGES COMMUNITY TO REMAIN ALERT TO SCAMS

 

Columbia Police have seen an increase in telephone scams where the caller identifies as a police officer or other law enforcement official. The caller may indicate that you have a warrant for your arrest and request that you meet at a predetermined location with cash, or else be subject to arrest. "The Columbia Police Department will never ask any person to meet us at a predetermined location and request money," said Assistant Chief John Gordon. Scammers are able to "spoof" official phone numbers, which means that the receiver believes that it is a valid call. If you receive a call like this; hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency. If you live in the Columbia/Boone County area, you can call the non-emergency number 3-1-1 to report the incident.

 




July 13, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES INCIDENT INVOLVING GUN & SHOTS FIRED

 

On Saturday, July 10 at approximately 11:21 PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of N Olive in reference to an altercation involving a gun.  Investigation indicated that visitors to a residence in the block got into an argument with some people at a neighboring home. As the visitors drove from the area, one of them fired a gun several times, striking a parked car.  There were no injuries from the incident. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ALSO INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED CALLS

 

At approximately 9:57 p.m. on Sunday Columbia Police responded to several reports of shots fired in the 4300 block Rice Rd. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located evidence of shots fired and property damage to vehicles and a residence.  There were no injuries reported to officers at the time of the incident. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a white four-door sedan. There is no further suspect information available at this time. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH HOLDING GIRL CAPTIVE

 

20 year old Robert Shirley of Kirksville has been charged with first degree kidnapping and third degree domestic assault in connection with a series of incidents Sunday, including holding a girl captive in her car. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the incident was discovered Sunday when Kirksville police were called to a domestic disturbance near the intersection of Elson and Normal streets. The 16-year-old girl told police that Shirley jumped in front of her car and refused to move. She said he ended up getting in the car and told her to give him a ride to Elson and Normal streets. Once at that location, the girl got out of the car and tried to walk to the residence, but Shirley kept blocking her path. The victim said the suspect eventually picked up her and carried her back to the car, put her in the backseat and refused to let her go. She said Shirley also took away her keys and cell phone. The girl said the suspect kept her restrained in the backseat for an extended period of time. She tried to escape, but Shirley kept locking the doors and pulling her back in as she was trying to get out and screamed for help. The victim said she was afraid of Shirley. Court documents state that Shirley told officers he did carry the girl to the car put her in the backseat and restrained her to keep her from assaulting him. The suspect is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 




July 12, 2021

 

MULTIPLE POWER OUTAGES, STORM DAMAGE & FLOODED ROADS

 

Weekend storms that started Friday night resulted in multiple power outages, storm damage reports and flooded roadways. The National Weather Service reported that 90 mile-per-hour straight-line winds swept through the Ralls County community of Perry leaving the town without power and cluttering the streets and yards with torn-down trees. Several businesses in the downtown district suffered structural damage, including blown-off roofing, windows and walls. Damage was also reported at Mark Twain Lake at the Blackjack Marina dock along with other significant damage in eastern Monroe and Western Ralls County. The landing was closed to the public. the US Army Corps of Engineers said due to the amount of damage caused by the storm, the Ray Berhren and the Frank Russell campgrounds will be closed starting Sunday, July 11 and won't reopen until Sunday, July 18. Power outages were widespread across the region and continued torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and road closures. Since most of the road closures are due to flash flooding, please remember to check the online map at www.modot.org before you travel, or you can call 1-888-275-6636 which is MoDOT's customer service line.  Never drive through flooded roads; turn around, don't drown.  Please ALWAYS wear your seat belt and pay attention while driving.

 

17 YEAR OLDS NOW TREATED AS JUVENILES, NOT ADULTS

Missouri's "raise the age" law went into effect statewide on July 1st

 

17-year-olds in Missouri will now be automatically treated as juveniles rather than adults if they're taken into custody. It's the tenth state in the country to raise the age of criminal responsibility. The bill to raise the age passed in 2018, with a start date of January 1st, 2021, subject to funding – but all but five counties took the position that there wasn't a specific line item for it in any appropriations bill, so the law didn't go into full effect statewide until July 1st. She adds that advocates in several states are working to raise the age of criminal responsibility even higher than 18 – for instance, it's 19 in Vermont. Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin are the only remaining states to automatically treat 17-year-olds as adults when they're arrested. It also recommends states and municipalities invest in community-based services rather than incarceration.

  




Weekend Report- July 10-11, 2021

 

ROAD AND BRIDGE WORK WILL TEMPORARILY IMPACT ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E (North) - July 14-15 and July 19-21, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route O for pavement work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route JJ - July 22, road will be closed from Route E to Price's Branch Bridge for pavement work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route K - July 12-15, one lane traffic at Loutre River bridge, located west of Missouri Route 19, for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

   

DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY APPROVES REOPENING OF BRANSON COASTER AMUSEMENT RIDE

 

The Amusement Ride Safety Unit of the Division of Fire Safety has approved the reopening of the Branson Coaster amusement ride in Branson. Following a final inspection on Friday July 9, the Amusement Ride Safety Unit determined the ride is safe for public use. The determination comes following several previous inspections by the safety unit, operational testing, examination and evaluation of critical components, reviews of operating procedures and interviews with ride operator staff and witnesses.

 

The ride, located at 2115 76 Country Blvd, Branson, Mo. 65616, was closed on June 20 following an accident in which an 11-year-old Tennessee boy was seriously injured. The Amusement Ride Safety Unit investigation of the accident continues. The safety unit has determined the ride is currently safe to operate.

 




July 8, 2021

 

FULTON MAN DIES AFTER HEAD-ON CRASH WITH FARM TRACTOR

 

A Fulton man was killed in a head-on crash with a farm tractor in Callaway County on Tuesday evening. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report 47 year old Darrell Fischer was traveling eastbound when a westbound tractor crossed the median and struck Fischer's pickup truck head-on. Fischer was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the tractor was a 16-year-old boy.

 

ESTATE OF FORMER TEACHER GIFTING ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO CPS’S

 

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation announced the largest gift in its 25-year history. The foundation is receiving a one million dollar gift from the estate of former CPS teacher Kathryn "Kay" McLeod. The foundation says the money will allow the foundation to double its efforts in providing grants for teachers and students in the district. The foundation says it also plans to use the money for scholarships.

 

MSHP REPORTS SEVEN TRAFFIC FATALITIES, ONE BOATING FATALITY & NO DROWNINGS OVER JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY COUNTING PERIOD

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2021 July Fourth holiday statistics:

Troopers worked 312 traffic crashes, which included 124 injuries and all seven fatalities. Troopers also made 144 DWI arrests and 81 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

Troopers worked 12 boating crashes, which included four injuries and one fatality. Troopers made eight BWI arrests and 43 drug arrests. There were no drownings over the holiday weekend. 

The 2021 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Friday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 5.

 




July 7, 2021

 

SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING PROMPTS DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS ACROSS MISSOURI

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in 17 counties in response to severe storms and flooding. Teams will survey the damage that began on June 19 with severe weather and continued through July 1 in preparation for the state's official request for federal disaster assistance. “The extremely heavy rains that affected much of Missouri in late June resulted in flash flooding that caused significant and costly damage to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure,” Governor Parson said. “SEMA has continued to communicate with our local partners about damage estimates, and it is clear that a number of counties have sustained high levels of destruction and response costs and that Missouri is approaching the levels required to qualify for federal disaster assistance.” Once approved, PDAs will be conducted in 17 counties including Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Montgomery and Saline County in the Mid Missouri region.

 

$1.6 MILLION SOUGHT AFTER PONZI SCHEME DEFRAUDS MISSOURI INVESTORS

 

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division ordered a Nevada-based company and two executives to pay $1.6 million after defrauding seven Missouri investors.

 

Golden Genesis, Inc., along with the company’s founder and CEO Thomas F. Casey, and its co-owner and de facto chief financial officer, Dennis R. Di Ricco, were found to have defrauded investors, many of them retired senior citizens, by selling unregistered, non-exempt, promissory notes. They were found to have utilized an unregistered Las Vegas-based broker-dealer, Retire Happy, LLC, to sell more than $9 million of the notes.

 

Investors were promised high returns and were given sales materials containing false and misleading information. New investment monies were used to pay prior investors their purported returns. Additionally, Di Ricco, with the knowledge and approval of Casey, used funds to purchase stock in an unrelated company, Adomani, Inc., that had once been controlled by Di Ricco. Despite the promises of high returns, Casey ceased paying investors interest and returned only a portion of their original investment.

 

Missouri Securities Commissioner David M. Minnick ordered Golden Genesis, Casey and Di Ricco to pay more than $1.1 million in civil penalties, over $400,000 in restitution, interest and approximately $32,000 for the yearlong investigation.   

 

Ashcroft continues to urge Missouri investors to call the toll-free investor protection hotline at 800-721-7996 or go online to www.missouriprotectsinvestors.com for more information or to file a complaint.

 




July 6, 2021

 

FULTON MAN ARRESTED SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER CHASE AND ATTEMPT TO HIT POLICE CAR

 

KRCG TV reported a Fulton man was arrested Sunday evening after leading police on a vehicle chase which included him swerving into the path of an oncoming police car in an attempt to hit it.

The Police Department News Release said officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, but it began to flee. As the driver, 48-year-old Joseph Wilhite, fled police, he swerved at an oncoming police car, attempting to hit it. Wilhite stopped in the 200 block of West Second Street where he ran from his vehicle toward the front of a home. While running, he threw down a bag containing suspected narcotics, according to the release. Wilhite was arrested on several charges including Careless and Imprudent Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a controlled substance and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLISSION

 

A Mexico man was treated for moderate injuries following a collision Sunday morning around 10:40 AM in Callaway County. The patrol said 63 year old Conni Dawson of Auxvasse attempted to cross US 54 at Route T and impacted another vehicle driven by 66 year old Bryan Duff of Mexico. Duff sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Callaway County EMS.

 

FAYETTE MAN ARRESTED ON HOWARD COUNTY WARRENTS

 

The highway patrol reports the arrest of a Fayette man at 12:53 pm Monday. According to the on line arrest report Timothy Lancaster, 29, of Fayette was arrested on Howard County Felony warrants for unlawful use of a weapon and 2 – 3rd degree domestic assaults.

 




July 5, 2021

 

MODOT CONSTRUCTION SUSPENDED DURING JULY 4 HOLIDAY

 

MoDOT will suspend road construction and routine maintenance operations starting at noon on Friday, July 2 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6 to accommodate increased holiday traffic on the roadways.

 

With more people expected on Missouri roads, MoDOT wants to remind motorists to please drive responsibly - pay attention, obey the speed limit and never drive impaired.

 

Motorists can find everything they need to plan for their holiday and summer travel with MoDOT's Traveler Information Map. This online tool shares the latest news on work zones, road conditions and traffic incidents. The map is available at www.traveler.modot.org/map.

 

Remember, road conditions can change in an instant. Always be alert when driving, and remember to always buckle up and put the cellphone down.

 

DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTOR TEAM ANNOUNCED I-70 BRIDGE AT ROCHEPORT

 

At the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting Thursday afternoon, MoDOT revealed that the Lunda Team has been selected as the design-build contractor team for the new I-70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport. Construction on the project is expected to get underway later this year and be completed by the end of 2024. The project is an expensive one with its estimated cost of approximately $240 million and is being funded in part by an 81.2 million INFRA Grant, which is the largest ever received by MoDOT.

 

 




July 1, 2021

 

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

 

The following roads have closed due to flooding:

 

Lincoln County - Route A at Camp Creek

Montgomery County - Route Y from Missouri Route 19 to 1 mile east

Montgomery County – Route J from Mineola to Big Springs 

 

 

COLUMBIA PD MAKES ARREST REGARDING ASSAULT WITH VEHICLE CASE

 

Columbia Police have arrested Darell Lamont Rogers, 35, of Hawk Point, Missouri for the charges of assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, domestic assault in the first degree and property damage, driving while revoked, tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, leaving the scene of an accident and abandoning a motor vehicle. He has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. At approximately 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, Columbia Police responded to a report of an assault with a vehicle in the parking lot at 4 Business Loop 70 E. Officers arrived and located two victims, one with minor injuries who was transported to a local emergency room.  During the investigation, officers identified the suspect as Rogers, but he had left the scene prior to officers’ arrival. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

COLUMBIA HOTEL EVICUATED DUE TO FIRE

 

The Residence Inn at Columbia was evacuated early Tuesday morning. Columbia Fire crews responded around 12:45AM with reports of smoke in the attic. The hotel is located on Woodland Springs Court in Columbia and firefighters found moderate smoke in the attic and on all four floors of the hotel. Firemen found burned debris in a trash can on the 4th floor of the hotel and were able to extinguish it allowing residents back into their rooms. A total of 10 fire crews responded to the call.

 




June 30, 2021

 

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

 

The following roads have closed due to flooding:

 

Lincoln County - Route A at Camp Creek

Montgomery County - Route Y from Missouri Route 19 to 1 mile east

Shelby County - Route K, Route N

 

The following roads have reopened after being closed due to flooding:

Macon County - Route HH

Montgomery County - Route CC

 

FULTON RECEIVES LOAN TO RECOVER FROM FEBRUARY COLD SNAP

 

The City of Fulton is the first to benefit from a new zero interest loan program that will ease the impact of electricity and natural gas costs from February’s cold snap. The loan was made possible through the Municipal Utility Emergency Loan Program established with Missouri Governor Parson signed legislation on May 13th to provide $50 million for interest free emergency loans. Fulton was awarded a $3.39 million emergency loan. Approximately 52 municipalities have applied individually or through municipal utility commissions since the department began accepting applications on June 2nd.

 

CONVICTED MURDERER IN CUSTODY AFTER FLEEING AUTHORITIES ON SATURDAY

 

The Callaway County Sheriff’s department reports Stephen Thorp is now in custody. Authorities had been looking for the man since he eluded Callaway County deputies on Saturday in a vehicle chase and then a foot chase. Thorp does have a past murder conviction but was on supervised parole. He was wanted in reference to a Randolph County misdemeanor warrant for resisting arrest.

 




June 28, 2021

 

NOW OPEN: ROADS IN LINCOLN AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES AFTER CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

 

While several roads remain closed due to flooding over the weekend, there are a few   that have reopened.  Please refer to the online traveler map at www.modot.org for updates.

 

Montgomery County - Missouri Route 161 north of Buell and Route CC are now open.  Route AA and Route E remain closed in Montgomery County.

 

Lincoln County - Route A is open at Camp Creek.  Route H at Cuivre River in Lincoln County remains closed.

 

MONTGOMERY CITY STRUCTURE FIRE

 

A post on the Montgomery Fire Protection Facebook page just before 6 AM Saturday morning indicated that Montgomery Firefighters responded late in the night Friday to a report of a structure fire on South Allen Street in Montgomery City. Upon arrival firefighters found fire to be through the roof in the back half of the structure. The building was abandoned. Firefighters extinguished the fire and had a fire investigator respond to the scene. No one was injured in the fire. Thanks were extended to New Florence Fire for their mutual aid assistance, Montgomery County Ambulance for standing by for firefighter safety, Montgomery County Sheriff Department, and Montgomery City Police Department.

 

FLOODED ROADS AND WATER RESCUES

 

The Columbia Fire Department had a busy day Friday responding to flooded roadways and rescuing people from their vehicles. The department said it responded to five water rescues in a span of 90 minutes. The department posted photos from two of the rescues to its Facebook page. Flash flooding across the area lead to several vehicles that were submerged and abandoned Friday morning. Crews spent much of Friday morning and the weekend clearing roadways and setting up blockades to prevent drivers from passing through flooded roads.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- June 26-27, 2021

 

MISSOURI JUDGE FINDS MEDICAID EXPANSION UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

A Missouri judge has found that a voter-approved ballot measure to expand Medicaid is unconstitutional.
Last week Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem said the amendment unconstitutionally sought to force lawmakers to set aside money for the expansion.
Under the Constitution, lawmakers can't be forced to make appropriations unless the ballot measure includes a funding mechanism.
Voters passed the constitutional amendment last year.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson refused to implement it because lawmakers didn't set aside any money for it.
Three low-income women sued to try to force the state to enact the program.
They're appealing the ruling.

 

MISSOURI SENATE SPECIAL SESSION ON MEDICAID GETS UNDERWAY

 

Missouri senators are back at the Capitol to work on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to Jefferson City on Wednesday to pass a tax on medical providers.
The tax draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
The tax wasn't renewed during the regular session because of a fight over Medicaid coverage for Planned Parenthood and some family planning services.
Parson says lawmakers have until July 1 to reup the tax.
Otherwise he says he'll cut $722 million from the state budget to make up for it.

 




June 24, 2021

 

GAS LEAK CAUSES FIRE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a gas leak outside at 4710 Sussex Drive on Wednesday at 2:00pm.  
The first unit arrived on the scene less than five minutes later and reported a fire in the yard that had melted siding on the house.  Further investigation revealed that an underground gas line had been hit and was fueling the fire.  The officer in command upgraded the call and requested additional personnel and equipment.  Ameren UE was also notified.
Fire crews used a preconnected hose line to cool the siding and prevent additional damage while Ameren UE worked on the line and shut the gas off, extinguishing the fire.
Two male subjects stated they were using an auger and struck the gas line which then ignited.  Both received burns to their face and arms.  One was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the other refused medical attention.  No additional injuries were reported.  Eight units were dispatched to this call.  

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL SESSION OVER MEDICAID FUNDING

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is calling lawmakers back for a special session to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
Parson announced Tuesday that he is calling a special session beginning noon Wednesday so lawmakers can pass a tax on medical providers that draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for Planned Parenthood and some family planning services.
Parson says time is running out for lawmakers to cut a deal and protect the funding.

 

 




June 23, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SETS DEADLINE FOR DEAL ON MEDICAID FUNDING

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is setting a deadline for lawmakers to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
If lawmakers can't find a solution by Tuesday afternoon, Parson says he'll cut $722 million from the budget July 1.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for some contraceptives.
Those lawmakers are trying to attach the ban to a tax on medical providers that draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
Parson says time is running out for lawmakers to cut a deal and protect the funding.

 

GROUP OF MISSOURI CONSERVATIVE SENATORS ASK GOVERNOR FOR SPECIAL SESSION

 

A group of conservative, anti-abortion Missouri senators has asked Gov. Mike Parson to call the General Assembly into a special session.

The coalition sent Parson a letter asking him to include new, pro-life restrictions on Medicaid spending. They say then they will support the renewal of the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA).

The FRA is the tax on medical service providers that forms the state match for hundreds of millions of federal Medicaid dollars.

Renewal of the FRA tax hit an impasse in May when two senators balked at the use of Medicaid for certain forms of birth control and Planned Parenthood.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 at approximately 7:53PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Curtis in reference to a motorcycle crash. Responding personnel found that Richard C Dollens, age 25 of Mexico, was operating a 2007 Yamaha westbound when he lost control and left the roadway.  The motorcycle struck a guy wire of a utility pole and a hand rail running along a sidewalk before coming to rest in a small creek.  Dollens came to rest on the sidewalk.  He was transported from the scene by Audrain Ambulance District and taken to Audrain Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The incident is still under investigation.  Dollens was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

 

 




June 22, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Saturday, June 19 at approximately 7:30PM, heavy wind followed by significant rain moved through the Mexico area.  The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to power lines and / or tree limbs down in the 500 block of S Jefferson, the 700 block of S Jefferson, the 800 block of S Western, and the 400 block of Whitley.  The City of Mexico Street Department and Ameren responded to help clear the roadways and make the situations safe.

 

On Sunday, June 20 at approximately 9:30PM, a line of thunderstorms moved through Missouri bringing more strong winds and heavy rains to the Mexico area.  MPSD responded to power lines and / or tree limbs down in the 100 block of Mary, the 200 block of E Orange and the 700 block of Woodlawn.  The City of Mexico Street Department and Ameren responded to these incidents as well.  Additionally, a large limb fell on a parked car in the 800 block of E Jackson.  That section of roadway is still closed.  The wind also blew a metal storage shed into the roadway near Holt Street and Martin Luther King Drive.  Responding officers were able to clear the shed from the roadway.

 

There were no injuries from the incidents.

 

MISSOURI NOW LEADS THE NATION IN RATE OF COVID INFECTION

 

Missouri now leads the nation with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections as vaccinations lag.
One person in every 1,349 people in the state was diagnosed with COVID-19 from June 13 to Sunday.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the north-central and southwest part of the state are driving the surge.
While 53.3% of the population of Americans have initiated vaccination, most southern and northern Missouri counties are well short of 40%.
A handful of southern Missouri counties have fewer than 20% of residents vaccinated.

 

MISSOURI’S REFUSAL TO EXPAND MEDICAID GOES TO COURT

 

A court trial over Missouri officials' refusal to expand Medicaid is set to begin.
The trial starts Monday in a Jefferson City circuit court.
Voters last year amended the state Constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including three women who are now suing Gov. Mike Parson's administration.
The Republican governor says he won't expand Medicaid because the Legislature refused to pay for it.
Two single mothers and another low-income woman in response sued to force Missouri to provide coverage as called for in the state Constitution.

 

 




June 21, 2021

 

MISSOURI RISKS $4.5 BILLION IN TAX REVENUE OVER CONTRACEPTIVE DISCUSSION

 

Missouri is at risk of losing $4.5 billion in tax revenue and federal funding for Medicaid health insurance.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for some contraceptives.
They want to attach the ban to a tax that provides a significant chunk of Medicaid funding.
Missouri hospitals, doctors and other health care providers are taxed.
Then the money is used to draw down federal Medicaid funding.
The state expects to bring in about $1.6 billion in taxes in the 2022 fiscal year, which would draw down another $2.9 billion in federal funding.
Lawmakers didn't reauthorize the tax this year. It expires Sept. 30. Federal law requires Medicaid programs cover family planning.

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO MULTIPLE HOMES

 

A central Missouri man has been arrested and is accused of breaking into several homes, causing property damage and assaulting one of the homeowners.

Moberly police say they first saw J’Angelo Robinson, 35, of Moberly, around 2:30 a.m. Thursday as he was running from a home on Thompson Street he had reportedly just burglarized.
Robinson, who was completely naked, was being chased by the homeowner.

When officers tried to make contact with him, they say Robinson failed to comply with their demands and, instead, resisted. Officers eventually took him into custody.
Officers spoke with multiple victims and witnesses who said Robinson had forced his way into three separate homes, causing property damage and assaulting one of the homeowners.
Police added one of the homes had small children inside at the time.

Robinson was arrested and is facing charges for Burglary 1st degree, Assault 3rd Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a child.

He is being held in the Randolph County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

 




June 18, 2021

 

JUNETEENTH A FEDERAL HOLIDAY – STATE OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY

 

Missouri State offices will be closed today (Friday) in observance of Juneteenth, according to an email sent to state employees.  A number of area county government offices will also be closed in connection with the holiday.  President Joe Biden officially signed a bill Thursday establishing June 19 as a new federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.  Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, the date that slaves in Texas were freed, the final state to be informed of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  It is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in 1983. Multiple events celebrating Juneteenth will be held this weekend around the area. 

 

DED AWARDS $15.8 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS STATEWIDE

 

The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Tuesday it will award more than $15.8 million to 38 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Program to help communities with infrastructure improvement and other projects across Missouri.

“Strengthening infrastructure and improving our workforce remain my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Whether repairing roads, upgrading facilities, or expanding job training opportunities, these grants allow us to invest in the future of Missouri.”

Funded projects for Fiscal Year 2020 include the construction or repair of roads and bridges, building community facilities, demolishing blighted or vacant structures, and more.

“Expanding and maintaining our state’s infrastructure is essential to economic development,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “These projects are keeping our communities strong and preparing them for new opportunities in the months and years ahead.”

 

 




June 17, 2021

 

EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN ESCAPES COLLISION WITH TRAIN WITH MINOR INJURIES

 

A Missouri woman has escaped with only minor injuries after her vehicle was hit by a train in Marion County.

The accident happened Tuesday around 4 p.m., on Paris Gravel Road, west of County Road 422, one mile west of Hannibal.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cheryl Weathers, 61, of Hannibal, was traveling eastbound when she failed to yield to an oncoming locomotive, and crossed the railroad tracks.

The train struck Weathers' SUV, which then came to a rest on the north side of the tracks.

Weathers sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Her vehicle was totaled, while the train received just minor damage.

 

MU STUDY SAYS RURAL COUNTIES FACE NURSING SHORTAGE

 

Rural counties in the state are facing a nursing shortage at a greater rate than a shortage facing the nation and metropolitan areas, according to a University of Missouri study.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing assistant teaching professor Anne Heyen, analyzed data from around 136,000 licensed nurses to find age and geographical disparities across the state.

“Out of the 114 total counties in Missouri, 97 are designated as health care professional shortage areas, and a majority of these counties are rural,” Heyen said. “By identifying the specific areas where there is the greatest need for more nurses, we can better tailor our response to help Missouri have a more balanced nursing workforce.”

The study found 31 % of Missouri nurses are older than 54 and rural areas had larger percentages of nurses over 54.

“In some of these rural areas where nearly half of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement, now is the time to be proactive and start thinking about who is going to replace them 10 years down the road,” Heyen said.

She said higher pay and more job opportunities in cities attack young nursing students and contribute to the geographical disparities in the nursing shortage.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday at approximately 9:25PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of the 600 block of N Craig in reference to a report of gunshots.  Responding personnel found evidence that a white, four door car had driven through the area and one of the occupants fired around three gunshots.  A window of a vacant home was damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




June 16, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL THAT LIMITS PUBLIC HEALTH RESTRICTIONS

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a new law that will limit public health restrictions imposed by local governments.
The law takes effect immediately, but most Missouri cities and counties already ended their coronavirus restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.
Parson says the law signed Tuesday will primarily affect future public health crises.
The law limits emergency orders restricting businesses, churches, schools or gatherings to 30 days, unless extended by the local governing body.
Parson says he generally supports local control, but that the new law is needed because he thinks some local officials overreached during the pandemic.

 

SOUTH MISSOURI MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 600 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE

 

A judge has sentenced a 62-year-old child sexual abuser in southwest Missouri to more than 600 years in prison.
Daniel Franklin, of rural Joplin, was convicted in April of 10 felonies, including three counts of statutory rape.
The jury recommended that he be sentenced to six terms of 99 years, three of 30 years and one of four years.
On Monday, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Dean Dankelson followed the jury's recommendations and sentenced Franklin to a total of 628 years, with some sentences running consecutively and others concurrently.
Five girls, who are now teenagers, testified against Franklin at his trial.

 




June 15, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS HB 85 ESTABLISHING SECOND AMENDENT PRESERVATION ACT

 

Last Week Governor Mike Parson signed HB 85 into law, establishing the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Missouri

“Throughout my law enforcement career and now as Governor of the state of Missouri, I have and always will stand for the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights,” Governor Parson said. “This legislation today draws a line in the sand and demonstrates our commitment to reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property.”

HB 85 prohibits state and local cooperation with federal officials that attempt to enforce any laws, rules, orders, or actions that violate the Second Amendment rights of Missourians. These protections against federal overreach are triggered if federal officials attempt to violate the state or federal constitution.

Additionally, the bill is an acknowledgment that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and inalienable, and that the nation's federalist constitutional structure limits the federal government's authority over states.

Under HB 85, any person or entity who knowingly deprives Missouri citizens of their right to bear arms - as protected by state and federal constitutions - will be liable for redress and monetary damages of $50,000 per occurrence. Local law enforcement’s ability to assist federal officials in other instances remains unchanged under this legislation.

 

MDC REMINDS ASH TREE OWNERS OF EAB CONCERN

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in 89 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. Unfortunately, ash trees in forests across Missouri will soon be dead, as EAB continues its march across the state.

EAB is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that attacks all species of ash trees, killing more than 99 percent of the trees it attacks. Ash trees typically show a pattern of declining health for 2–4 years before being killed by EAB.

Woodpecker damage, sprouts growing from the main trunk, and major branch loss can all indicate the presence of EAB in ash trees.

Protecting ash trees on your property with insecticides prior to attack by EAB is the best way to keep the trees alive.

 




June 14, 2021

 

PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE WORK WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route F - June 13-17, road will be closed at the bridge over Interstate 70 at High Hill for bridge work. Work will be completed between 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. each night.  The bridge will not close the night of June 17. 

The ramps will remain open even while the bridge is closed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 14-17, road will be closed at Elkhorn Creek for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.   

 

WOMAN ALLEGES LAWMAKER TOLD HER TO DENY HIS INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT

 

A woman says a former Missouri police officer campaigning for a state House seat last year repeatedly told her to deny that they had sex years ago while she was drunk and he was on duty.
Emily Orf spoke to The Associated Press about her interactions with now-Rep. Chad Perkins.
She did so after allegations became public last month that he had sex with a woman in 2015 when she was drunk and he was on duty as a Bowling Green police officer.
Orf told the AP that she had not spoken to Perkins for years until he called her last year and suggested that she deny what had happened to a police chief who was investigating.

 




Weekend Report- June 12-13, 2021

 

PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE WORK WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route F - June 13-17, road will be closed at the bridge over Interstate 70 at High Hill for bridge work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The ramps will remain open even while the bridge is closed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 14-17, road will be closed at Elkhorn Creek for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.   

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE N BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN

 

Weather permitting, Monday, June 21, crews will close Montgomery County Route N over Interstate 70, located 1.8 miles east of Callaway County Route YY near Mineola, for bridge replacement.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure. Some work on this project may take place during the night.

 

 




June 11, 2021

 

MISSOURI STATE WORKERS PUSH BACK ON RETURN TO WORK DATE

 

A union representing Missouri state workers is urging Gov. Mike Parson to make accommodations for state workers ordered last month to return to their offices, calling the directive "dangerous."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the president of the Missouri State Workers Union Communications Workers of America Local 6355 wrote to Parson on Wednesday.
The union asks that Parson consider demands that include paid time off to get vaccinated, personal protective equipment for employees, and that the state set up a process so workers with family and child care responsibilities may request a delayed return.

 

MISSOURI DNR DIRECTOR DIES

 

State officials say Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died.
Officials did not release a cause of death but Comer, who died Wednesday, announced in July 2019 that she was undergoing chemotherapy to fight cancer.
Comer was named director of the department in January 2017 by former Gov. Eric Greitens.
Gov. Mike Parson said in a statement that Comer was an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for Missouri's natural resources.
Details of where she died and services were not immediately available.
Before taking the job in Missouri, Comer, an environmental lawyer, was commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

 

 




June 10, 2021

 

FEDERAL COURT PANEL BLOCKS MISSOURI ABORTION LAW

 

A federal appeals court panel has blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis handed down the ruling Wednesday.
The panel heard arguments in September in the legal battle over the 2019 law, which also would prohibit a woman from having an abortion because the fetus has Down syndrome.
The lawsuit was filed by Reproductive Health Services, which operates Missouri's lone abortion clinic in St. Louis, and the ACLU.
Missouri's Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt says he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

 

SIXTH ANNUAL HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER RAISES OVER $23,500

 

Nearly one in five Missourians receives emergency food assistance each year. Through these challenging times, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry Missourians. Team members across the state collected donations throughout the month of April for distribution at one of the over 1,500 Feeding Missouri agencies located in their communities.

The statewide food drive wrapped up recently with over 2 tons of non-perishables food and $23,515 in donations.

In efforts to bring awareness to food insecurities around the state, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri will continue to work together throughout 2021. To learn more about food insecurity in Missouri, visit feedingmissouri.org.

 

  

 




June 9, 2021

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS URGE VACCINATIONS BEFORE JULY 4TH

 

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike in southwestern Missouri, and residents there are being urged to get vaccinated before gathering for Fourth of July activities.
Springfield-Greene County Acting Health Director Katie Towns said 142 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, and the seven-day average has reached 62, the highest level since Feb. 10.
Meanwhile, 76 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Greene County.
Towns says Memorial Day gatherings were a source of some of the recent spread, and she says there is concern about the pending gatherings for Independence Day.
Meanwhile, vaccination rates in southwestern Missouri lag far behind the state and national averages.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PASSES BILL TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

 

On Monday evening, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 63 into law.

The new law creates a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

It will also create the Joint Oversight Task Force of Prescription Drug Monitoring.

This group will be responsible to control where prescription drugs go to across the state of Missouri.

Governor Parson believes this is a needed tool for Missouri to help end the opioid epidemic.

 

"This is just another tool that we're going to be able to use to help us fight when it comes to opioids, when it comes to the law enforcement community, when it comes to the medical community of how do we do it better," Parson said. "And this is going to be just another step in making that a better place and a better state."

 

The new law will also help better assist health care professionals in better monitoring on where opioids and other prescribed medicines are disposed.

Every other state in the country has adopted a drug monitoring program as well.

The law also states that patient information is considered a closed record under state law.

It will not be provided to local law enforcement agencies, prosecutorial officials or regulatory bodies for purposes not allowed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 




June 8, 2021

 

YOUNG EASTERN MISSOURI CHILD KILLED IN BOATING ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

An 8-year-old boy was killed at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday.

The Waynesville, Mo., boy was exiting the back of the boat when he was struck by the propeller, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Troopers responded to the incident around 3:40 p.m. at the 6 mile mark of Glaize Arm.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is Troop F's second fatality this month and the 25th fatality this year.

 

MISSOURI DNR ACCEPTING ENERGY IMPROVEMENT LOAN APPLICATIONS

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for energy improvement loans from various organizations around the state.

Some of the organizations eligible for these loans are public schools, colleges and universities, local governments and hospitals.

These loans are part of the Energy Loan Program.

They may be used to improve an organization’s lighting system and heating and air conditioning.

We spoke with Energy Assurance Supervisor Daniel Dahler about how organizations may apply for these loans.

 

"As soon as your application comes in we will immediately start reviewing it," Dahler said. "Which we kind of do an initial review and we do a technical review where our engineer looks over all the information including your savings calculations and deems that it's a reasonable request and at that point we will send through our approval process to recommend that they get approved for the loan and it will get sent out to the applicant for signing."

 

Missouri DNR will be accepting applications for these loans through September 30.

Loan amounts of $10,000 to $1 million are available.

Each application will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis by the Department of Energy.

 




June 7, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE N BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN

 

Weather permitting, Monday, June 21, crews will close Montgomery County Route N over Interstate 70, located 1.8 miles east of Callaway County Route YY near Mineola, for bridge replacement. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, was awarded the project in the amount of $1,344,361. The contractor has 130 days to complete this project.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure. Some work on this project may take place during the night.

 

MSHP: JOIN THE TEAM AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply, and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 113th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on January 18, 2022. The application deadline is September 18, 2021. 

To be eligible, candidates must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be 21 years of age upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Academy, troopers are eligible to earn 46 credit hours through Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO, or 30 credit hours through the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, toward a degree.

The starting annual salary for trooper is $49,536, and following three years of service, the trooper first class’ salary is increased to $52,200. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory retirement, career advancement, and more.

The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure including: written examination, a physical fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, background investigation, and oral interview board. Written and physical examinations take place in each troop area across the state. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, a psychological interview, drug screening, and final applicant review. 

Interested persons can learn more about the updated qualifications by contacting a Patrol recruiter at 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online at www.motrooper.com. 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- June 5-6, 2021

 

PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE WORK WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 7-8, road will be one lane traffic at various locations from the Audrain County line to Montgomery County Route WW for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route T - June 8-9, road will be closed from 0.25 mile west of Prairie Road to Dillon (Ware) Road for pavement work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route T - June 10, road will be closed from Dillon (Ware) Road to Pine Knot Road for pavement work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route K - June 7-10, road will be one lane traffic at Loutre River Bridge, located west of Missouri Route 19, for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. There will be an 11 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Montgomery County Route F - June 13-17, road will be closed at the bridge over Interstate 70 at High Hill for bridge work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The ramps will remain open even while the bridge is closed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 14-17, road will be closed at Elkhorn Creek for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and remember to always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY RECEIVES FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that Jefferson City is one of 13 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal partnership program that supports community-led efforts to reinvest in existing neighborhoods, protect the environment, and improve residents’ health and quality of life through the development of the local food economy.

Through LFLP, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts will work directly with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and other community leaders to provide technical support to improve food security and the local economy in Jefferson City’s Southside neighborhood. Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is partnering with the city of Jefferson City and Building Community Bridges, a community-based organization, on the project.

This year, LFLP is sponsored jointly by EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service, with multiple federal partners planning to participate. The 13 LFLP communities selected in 2021 were chosen from among 97 applicants.

Each selected community will work with a team of federal, state, and regional experts to address local agricultural, environmental, public health, economic development and equity issues. Together, they will develop a community-led action plan to strengthen the local food system and spur revitalization of often-overlooked neighborhoods in the community.

 

 

 




June 3, 2021

 

AMEREN MISSOURI SHARES SEVERE WEATHER ELECTRICITY TIPS

 

It’s that time of year when area residents are asked to take severe weather alerts seriously.

 

“When we issue that warning, things are coming together, that it’s getting pretty dangerous and it’s time for people to take action,” said Andy Bailey, NWS Kansas City Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

 

An electric company that provides service to many in the state has some safety tips for what people can do before and after severe weather.

Ameren Missouri says customers should do the following before severe weather:

  • Update their online account and enroll in alerts to be notified of power outages
  • Create a severe weather plan
  • Prepare a storm kit with emergency phone numbers, flashlights and a radio with fresh batteries

After severe weather hits, Ameren encourages to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized. Report down power lines to Ameren Missouri at 800-552-7583 or call 911
  • Keep phones and electronics charged when storms are in the forecast

ADVOCADO TO ADD 100 NEW JOBS IN ST. LOUIS

 

Advocado, an advertising technology company, announced Wednesday it will add more than 100 high-paying jobs in St. Louis. The company began in 2017 as a startup with just seven employees.

Advocado attributes their rapid growth and additional hiring to the Show-Me State’s affordable real estate, low cost of living, and skilled workforce. These new jobs will fill roles in engineering, data science, customer success, operations, sales, and marketing and will provide an average annual wage of more than $81,000.

For their expansion, Advocado used the Missouri Works program, which helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. Advocado’s growth was also supported by collaboration among Missouri Partnership, AllianceSTL, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

 




June 2, 2021

 

POLICE IDENTIFY TWO PEOPLE SHOT AT BRANSON RESTAURANT

 

Police have identified two people shot and killed outside a Branson restaurant over the weekend.
Branson police say 38-year-old Krystle Buhl, of Forsyth, and 39-year-old Richard McMahan, of Merriam Woods, died in the Saturday night shooting outside of Famous Dave's in Branson.
Television station KYTV reports that officers found the pair with gunshot wounds in the restaurant's parking lot.
Police say one victim died at the scene and the other died at a hospital.
Police say they have no suspects and no motive for the shootings.
Branson Police Chief Eric Schmitt says investigators have found no indication that the shooting resulted from a robbery.

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS SIX DEATHS DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says four people died on Missouri roadways during the Memorial Day weekend, and two others died on the water.
The patrol on Tuesday released details of the three-day weekend that began Saturday and ended Monday.
The patrol cited 270 accidents on roads, and 10 involving boats.
The agency says 112 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, and eight others were arrested for boating while intoxicated.
The patrol also reported 79 drug-related arrests - 77 on the roads and two on water.
The four traffic deaths occurred in Bates, Camden, St. Charles, and Mississippi Counties. The water deaths included a drowning on Saturday in Iron County and a fatal boating accident Sunday on a lake in Maries County.

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN REQUIREMENTS ON PUBLIC LABOR UNIONS

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2018 state law that imposed new requirements on some public sector labor unions.
In a 5-2 ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the law violated the constitution's equal protection rights by exempting public safety unions from the new requirements imposed on other types of unions.
The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature required other public sector unions to hold recertification elections every three years and to get annual approval from employees to deduct dues from paychecks.
The Supreme Court majority said there was no rational basis to treat public safety unions differently.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday, May 24 at approximately 6:06PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of W Breckenridge in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  Trayvon D Walls, age 30, was identified as the man who had been to the home and later crashed his vehicle on N Missouri St.  It was later determined he had been shot one time during the incident on W Breckenridge St.  On Thursday, May 27 the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Walls for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  On Friday, May 28 at approximately 9:31AM, after Walls had been released from University Hospital, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and MPSD arrested Walls at the home of an associate in the 8900 block of Missouri Highway 15.  The investigation into what occurred on W Breckenridge is ongoing with the possibility of additional charges and / or additional people being charged later.

 

 

 

 




June 1, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON RELEASES REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF DEFENSE CONTRACT SPENDING IN MISSOURI

 

Last Week Governor Mike Parson announced that more than $14 billion in military defense contracts were awarded to Missouri companies in Fiscal Year 2019, the latest year data is available. A new report highlights impacts of this spending statewide, as well as by county, state legislative district, and congressional district.

The latest report focuses on the value of U.S. Department of Defense and related agency contracts awarded to Missouri companies and further analyzes a previous statewide impact report that was released in August 2020. The report provides a closer look into the significant share of contract awards to Missouri vendors. Its analysis helps to better understand distribution in the state and gives more context to sectors most impacted by spending. The 2020 report also included military bases and defense agencies and showed that defense spending in Missouri supports more than 180,000 direct and indirect jobs with $29 billion in total impact. 

 

ASHCROFT REMINDS MISSOURIANS TO BEWARE OF PAYMENT SCAMS

 

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is reminding Missourians that the Business Services Division in his office will never ask for payment by gift card.

 

Business Services, which oversees filings for all businesses in Missouri, has recently received complaints from some Missourians who have misdialed the toll-free number and been asked to pay for services using Walmart gift cards.   

 

According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers convince victims to buy gift cards and then ask for the numbers on the back, so they can steal the money loaded on the cards. 

 

“We will never ask you to pay by using a gift card,” Ashcroft said. “We have multiple forms of payment that our staff will direct you to use, including our e-payment system or by mail. Our fee schedule and any convenience fees are available on our website.”

 

The fee schedule and any convenience fees may be found at sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/forms.

 

The Business Services Division may be reached by calling (866) 223-6535 or emailing corporations@sos.mo.gov.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday at approximately 12:16PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of S Calhoun Street in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found that some young children were attempting to use the stove unsupervised and caught some items that were sitting around the stove on fire.  The burning items were extinguished and removed from the kitchen.  The stove and surrounding cabinets suffered moderate fire damage and the rest of the home suffered light smoke damage.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




May 31, 2021

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E - June 1-3, road will be closed at Cuivre River for bridge work.  Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The bridge will be open each evening.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 1-3 and June 7-10, road will be one lane traffic at various locations from the Audrain County line to Missouri Route 94 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

For the closure, motorists will need to find alternate routes during these times. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and remember to always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. 

 

MISSOURI TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AWARDS $1 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING TO SUPPORT STARTUPS AND ENTREPRENEURS

 

Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) announced Thursday it will award over $1 million in infrastructure-focused grant funding to help build support for startups and entrepreneurship throughout Missouri through the Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Program (MOBEC). 

The MOBEC Program provides funding to expand the capacity of non-profit organizations supporting entrepreneurs, as well as research institutions looking to attract competitive funding. The program is used to enhance research and development in targeted high-tech industry clusters and to help create jobs through entrepreneurship and innovation.

To date, through MOBEC and other grant programs, MTC has partnered with over 60 entrepreneurial support organizations in communities across the state and awarded almost $27 million in entrepreneurial-focused infrastructure grants that have served thousands of small businesses.

In addition to serving as a statewide connector for Missouri’s innovation community, MTC makes strategic, direct investments to promote entrepreneurship and foster innovation in Missouri. Over the past decade, MTC has invested just under $44 million into over 135 early-stage Missouri-based high growth technology-focused companies, which have raised over $1 billion in additional private capital.

 




May 28, 2021

 

MAKE SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recognizes Memorial Day weekend is highly anticipated and reminds motorists the Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. 
Over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 10 people died and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes. Last year, troopers made 118 DWI arrests. 
The Memorial Day weekend is also an unofficial start to the boating season. During the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, there were 11 boating crashes which included one fatality and seven injuries. One person drowned over last year’s holiday weekend. Troopers arrested 11 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend. 
This year's counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021. Troopers will focus their attention on seat belt use, use of child safety seats, impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, and speed violations. 
If your plans include driving or boating, choose to be courteous and obey all Missouri laws. Use a seat belt when you drive and wear a life jacket when you're on or near the water. Always pay attention, whether you're operating a vehicle or a vessel, and choose to be a sober driver on land and on the water. A safe, fun weekend starts with planning and good decisions.
Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should use the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. For road condition reports, travelers can visit the Patrol's website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Click on the Road Condition icon to view road construction areas as well as road conditions throughout the state or call 1-888-275-6636.
Motorists are encouraged to do their part to make Missouri’s roadways safer. Speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes. Please do your part. Obey all traffic laws and make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. 
Missouri provides a variety of opportunities for boating. Please be courteous to others on the water, wear a life jacket, and obey the law regarding safe operation of a vessel and no wake zones. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Always treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Never operate a boat while you are impaired; never ride with an impaired operator. Remember: Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!

 

BE ALERT FOR HIGHWAY WORK THROUGH SUMMER CONSTRUCTION SEASON

 

As pandemic restrictions loosen around the state, Memorial Day highway traffic on Missouri roadways is expected to be heavier this year than last.

With the heavy holiday weekend traffic, the Missouri Department of Transportation will not have work zones with routine lane closures beginning at noon on Friday, May 28, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.

“Memorial Day is typically the start of the summer travel season and with more people taking to the roads the need to remain alert when behind the wheel is even more essential,” said MoDOT’s Deputy Director/Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. “Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Buckle up. Put your phone down. Every trip. Every time.”

Some of the major work zones with permanent lane closures will remain in place for the holiday weekend.

 




May 27, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J BRIDGE AT CLEAR CREEK IS NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC

 

Montgomery County Route J at Clear Creek, located 2.5 miles west of Missouri Route 19 near Big Spring, is now back open to traffic. The bridge closed in April for rehabilitation. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, completed the project.

The bridge was originally built in 1962 and while rest of the bridge was in reasonably good condition, the deck had significant deterioration.  “The bridge deck was completely replaced and is now 22 feet wide, two feet wider than before,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Erik Maninga. Guardrail was also added for safety.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

REMAINS OF MISSOURI JANE DOE IDENTIFIED AFTER 40 YEARS

 

Forty years to the day after a woman was found dead in a rural area of Missouri in 1981, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department announced on Tuesday that her remains have been identified.

The woman who detectives have known only as Jane Doe for four decades was Karen Kay Knippers, according to a sheriff's department news release.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Knippers' body was discovered at 8:47 a.m. on May 25, 1981 in Dixon, near Highway MM at a low water crossing.

She had been beaten, strangled, and left in shallow water.

Knippers was found with a pair of pantyhose wrapped around her neck.

She was not destitute. Her stylish clothing, expensive dental work, and general appearance of being in good health indicated that she was probably not indigent.

But she could not be identified and was buried in the Waynesville Cemetery in a grave marked "Jane Doe," according to the sheriff's department.

Her remains were exhumed in 2015 and forensic analysis was done the next year.

In March 2016, a report concluded that the DNA extraction and development was successful.

The DNA Doe Project in December 2019 provided a possible name of Jane Doe and the name of a possible relative, according to the sheriff's department.

A month later in January 2020, the sheriff's office located a possible relative of Jane Doe in Alexandria, Virginia.

As it turned out, the man told detectives he had a sister he had lost contact with in the early 1980s.

The possible relative agreed to provide a DNA sample.

The genetic data of Jane Doe and the candidate were entered into additional databases in May 2021.

The samples "were noted to be 19.4 million times more likely to be the biological sibling" than an unrelated person, the news release stated.

The man was Jane Doe's brother, and she was officially identified as Karen Kay Knippers.

 




May 26, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR APPOINTS MISSOURI’S FIRST BLACK FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

 

Governor Mike Parson has appointed the first Black woman to serve as a Missouri Supreme Court judge.

The Republican governor on Monday named Missouri Eastern District Appeals Court Judge Robin Ransom to the high court.

She's replacing Judge Laura Denvir Stith, who retired in March.

Ransom will join Chief Justice George Draper as the second Black judge currently serving on the Supreme Court.

She won't need Senate confirmation.

Former Republican Governor Matt Blunt first appointed Ransom to serve as a St. Louis County Circuit Judge in 2008.

Parson appointed her in 2019 to serve as an appeals court judge.

 

NEW PROGRAM SEEKS TO CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri has been listed as the 14th highest number of human trafficking cases in the United States, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Many mid-Missouri cases tend to be on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.

“It’s everywhere and I think people are starting to take the blinders off and actually see it now,” Julie Meranda said. She is the assistant director at Redeem Project Ministry, a Jefferson City non-profit organization. Just announced this month, Redeem is launching a new program in an effort to disrupt human trafficking. It’s called Captive Grace.

Meranda said now is the time to help victims of human trafficking.

Captive Grace is looking for volunteers, who will be trained from the Exodus Cry Intervention Manual, an anti-sex-trafficking organization.

 

MEXICO POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORTS

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of West Breckinridge after a disturbance involving a gun Monday.  According to a press release, a 30 year old Mexico man came to a home on that block several times during the day Monday and threatened the residents. The residents called Mexico Public Safety but officers had been unable to locate the man after he fled the scene. Later in the day, the man returned to the home and began shooting at the house. One of the residents shot back and the man drove from the scene and crashed his car on North Missouri. He walked to a nearby house where he was taken to Audrain Community Hospital and then moved to University Hospital in Columbia for further treatment. No other injuries were reported from the incident.

 




May 25, 2021

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E - June 1-3, road will be closed at Cuivre River for bridge work.  Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The bridge will be open each evening.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 2-3, road will be one lane traffic at various locations from the Audrain County line to Missouri Route 94 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

For the closure, motorists will need to find alternate routes during these times. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and remember to always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. 

 

SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR DEATH ROW INMATE’S APPEAL FOR A FIRING SQUAD

 

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Missouri death row inmate who is seeking execution by firing squad.
Over the dissent of the three liberal justices, the court on Monday left in place a lower court ruling against inmate Ernest Johnson that could allow him to be executed by lethal injection.
He is on death row for killing three convenience store workers in Columbia, Missouri, in 1994.
Johnson has argued that Missouri's lethal injection drug, pentobarbital, could trigger seizures because of a brain condition.
The effect of the court's order is to prevent Johnson from amending his lawsuit to include the possibility of execution by firing squad, which is not authorized under Missouri law.

 

  

 




May 24, 2021

 

GROUP OF SINGLE MOTHERS SUES MISSOURI OVER MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Two single mothers are among a group of women suing Missouri for denying them access to Medicaid health care as called for in the state Constitution.
The two mothers and a third woman sued Republican Gov. Mike Parson's administration last Thursday.
Voters last year amended the Constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including the three women.
Gov. Parson last week 
dropped plans to expand Medicaid after the Legislature refused to pay for it.
The women say they need the health insurance program to get treatment for illnesses including asthma and diabetes.

 

CLICK IT OR TICKET ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN REMINDS EVERYONE TO BUCKLE UP

 

Longer days and warmer weather mean summer fun is almost here. As you gear up for a weekend excursion, or maybe even a road trip with family and friends, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up for every trip.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is joining with state and local law enforcement May 24 – June 6 in the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to highlight the importance of buckling up. Along with wearing a seat belt, they want to remind motorists to slow down, put the phone down and never drive impaired.

For 2020, preliminary data indicates 428 individuals killed in Missouri traffic crashes were not wearing their seat belt. It is the highest number of unbuckled fatalities in Missouri during the last 5 years and an 18% increase from the year before. Seat belt use in Missouri has consistently risen over the last two decades, but in 2020, that momentum was stopped.

Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, Driving Missouri Toward Safer Roads, identifies four key focus areas to help reduce traffic deaths, including the importance of seat belts, car seats, and motorcycle helmets. Other focus areas in the plan include distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan, and to check out the Coalition’s new video promoting the plan, visit www.savemolives.com.

 




Weekend Report- May 22-23, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Louisiana man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 8:25pm Saturday in Pike County.  30 year old Preston Shepherd was on Route W when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the road and exited the road to the left, overturning and striking two trees.  He was transported by Arch Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Louis County.  21 year old Keyonta McClendon of St. Louis was eastbound on I-270 when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.  He was taken to DePaul Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A teen was hurt in an early Friday morning crash in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Logan Nuener of Villa Ridge was on Highway AT when he swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, causing his car to travel off the left side of the road and strike a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment. 

 




May 20, 2021

 

DED AWARDS $18.8 MILLION TO HELP COMMUNITIES PREPARE FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

 

The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Wednesday it will award $18.8 million to 29 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program to help communities recently affected by disasters become more resilient. 

Funded projects include infrastructure improvements, strengthening public buildings, generators for facilities, and improving disaster warning systems.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PROVIDES DRIVING TIPS FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND

 

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend on the horizon, and more people starting to hit the roadways, we wanted to know what motorists should watch out for.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn provided some advice.

 

"Motorists can obviously make sure safety is part of their planning, follow all traffic laws, wear their seat belts and don't drive impaired," Dunn said.

 

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, 10 people died and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes.

Troopers also made 118 driving while intoxicated arrests.
The counting period for the patrol this year for the Memorial Day holiday weekend is from 6 p.m. May 28 to 11:59 p.m. May 31.

 




May 19, 2021

 

ELITE TOOL EXPANDS IN MOSCOW MILLS BRINGING 20 NEW JOBS

 

Elite Tool, a manufacturing company specializing in machining and fabrication, announced Tuesday it will invest more than $3 million to expand its existing facility in Moscow Mills. The expansion includes plans to add 20 new jobs to Elite Tool’s workforce.

Elite Tool’s 71,000-square-foot facility is strategically designed to provide customers a comprehensive array of services to simplify supply chain requirements, reduce cost, and save time. To meet customers’ increasing needs, the company’s expansion will add positions with an average wage of $41,400 across all departments. 

For its expansion, Elite Tool used the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. 

 

MISSOURI GAS TAX HIKE COULD BE PUT TO PUBLIC VOTE

 

A conservative advocacy group's Missouri chapter is seeking to put what's expected to be the state's first gas tax hike in years to a public vote.
The secretary of state said Monday that Americans for Prosperity-Missouri's director filed the referendum petition.
Missouri's Republican-led Legislature last week approved a gradual increase in the state's 17 cents per gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill into law.
Missouri voters have repeatedly voted down increases to the gas tax.

 

 




May 18, 2021

 

CHARGES FILED IN 36 YEAR OLD CAMDEN COUNTY MURDER CASE

 

Camden County authorities were still working Monday to extradite a 78-year-old Louisiana man back to Missouri to face charges in a 36-year-old murder case.

At a May 14 news conference, Camden County prosecutor Caleb Cunningham announced a no-bond warrant had been issued for Larry Gene Hicks for the murder of Diane Lukosius.

"This case has never left this community and has always been in the back of mind of every person who's ever worked in justice enforcement, including me and my office," Cunningham said.

Investigators said then 30-year-old dental assistant Diane Lukosius was driving home from a Christmas party Dec. 15, 1984, when she was forced off the road into a ditch outside her home in Camelot Estates and was bludgeoned. She died two days later in the hospital.

They said Hicks knew the woman and had seen her at a local tavern that night. Deputies interviewed the suspect's wife, who said she remembered Hicks was drunk the night Lukosius was killed. Others told investigators Hicks would get violent when he had been drinking. Cunningham's office pick up the case, and in January, tracked Hicks to Franklin, Louisiana.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms joined the department 30 years ago, just after the Lukosius murder and initial investigation. He said making an arrest now has taken the weight off decades of work.

"It was very emotional," Helms said. "But after you get past that emotion, everybody's just taking a big deep breath and a sigh of relief. There's closure."

Cunningham said Hicks was considered a suspect early on and was questioned in 1989 and 1990, but no charges ever came of that.

Hicks now faces prosecution for second-degree murder. If convicted, he could spend what's left of his life in a Missouri prison.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS FY 2021 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET BILL

 

Last week Governor Mike Parson signed HB 15, which allows for the continued current operations of state government through FY 2021. HB 15 totals over $2.1 billion, including $254.8 million in general revenue, $1.7 billion in federal funds, and $116.7 million in other funds. 

The supplemental budget bill contains funding for several items, including the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Coronavirus Local Government Fiscal Recovery Fund. HB 15 also includes funding for road construction, long-term care, child care providers, water and sewer bill assistance, and homeowner financial assistance, among others.

 

 




May 17, 2021

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS APPROVE LEGAL PROTECTION FROM COVID LAWSUITS

 

Missouri lawmakers have approved new legal protections against coronavirus lawsuits as one of the final actions of their 2021 session.

The bill passed Friday would shield hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Parson, who made it one of his priorities.

If signed by Parson, it wouldn't take effect until Aug. 28. The bill would prevent lawsuits against businesses unless someone can prove they were exposed there and sickened by the coronavirus, and that the business was acting recklessly.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION OPERATION SAVES 9 VICTIMS

 

Nine victims were rescued Friday night during a joint human trafficking operation conducted by several Boone County and state law enforcement agencies.

According to a release from the state attorney general's office, the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Attorney General’s Office and "a multitude of other local, state, and federal agencies" conducted the operation out of the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia. In addition to the nine victims, participating agencies "made contact" with two children during the operation. Two suspects were detained.

Rise Coalition, True North and Relentless Pursuit offered victim services, including on-site medical treatment, food, counseling and lodging to the nine rescued.

The investigation is ongoing. Jeremiah Hunter, CPD assistant police chief and commander of the department's Investigations Bureau, said his team will continue to work toward the attorney general's goal of quelling human trafficking in the region.

The following agencies participated in the operation: The Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, MSHP’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, MSPH’s Missouri Information Analysis Center, Missouri Gaming Commission, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

 




Weekend Report- May 15-16, 2021

 

MINEOLA TRUCK PARKING LOTS ON INTERSTATE 70 TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONDAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Weather permitting, the west bound Interstate 70 trucking parking only lot at Mineola will close Monday, May 17 at 7 a.m. and will reopen around noon as Missouri Department of Transportation crews will make significant pavement repairs to the area.  “After the westbound parking lot is completed, we will move to the eastbound lot, so it will close around noon with the expectation to reopen by 4 p.m.,” explained MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga.

“We have a contractor who manages the temporary repairs, and we are now going in to make all the permanent repairs needed to the surface,” Maninga said.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Sunday, May 9 at approximately 3:19AM, a Mexico Public Safety officer observed a blue 2003 Ford Explorer being operated erratically in the area of Clark and Boulevard.  When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver attempted to avoid the officer and drove several blocks to the northwest before leaving the roadway and striking a tree stump in the 400 block of Clay Street.  The driver then ran from the scene.  It was determined the Ford had been stolen from the 700 block of S Jefferson St. sometime during the previous half hour.

 

The suspect is described as a tall, slim black male with a goatee.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100. 

 

There were no injuries from the incident. 

 

 




May 14, 2021

 

MISSOURI DHSS APPROVES PFIZER COVID VACCINE

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced their approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15.

DHSS Acting Director Robert Knodell and State Epidemiologist Dr. George Turabelidze signed a standing order to allow the administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to kids in that age group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in kids as young as 12.

The order allows about 313,000 more people to get vaccinated.

DHSS is working to enroll pediatricians into the state's vaccine program. This will allow doctors to order the vaccines needed.

In most cases, parents or guardians will need to be present for children under 18 to get the vaccine. Sometimes, written permission will be accepted.

 

HY-VEE ANNOUNCES PHARMACY LOCATIONS ARE ADMINISTERING FREE COVID VACCINES TO 12-15 YEAR OLDS

 

On Thursday, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations are now administering free COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 12 to 15, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group.
Hy-Vee has been offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to individuals 16 and older for several weeks.
Minors must have parental or guardian consent in order to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Hy-Vee asks that a parent or guardian accompany minors to both their first and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations.
Individuals can walk in to receive the vaccine, or make an appointment in advance online.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, they can visit www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine, select “Find Appointments” and complete the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or Medicare Part B coverage.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR DROPS PLANNED MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid program after the Legislature declined to provide money for a measure approved by voters.
The Republican governor said Thursday that his administration has withdrawn an expansion plan that had been submitted to federal officials.
Parson said he cannot proceed with it because the $35 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature did not approve his funding proposal for the expansion.
The decision is likely to trigger a lawsuit from supporters of Medicaid expansion.
Voters last November approved a ballot measure expanding eligibility to low-income adults.

 




May 13, 2021

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL TO LIMIT POLICE CHOKEHOLDS

 

The Missouri Senate has voted to limit when police can use chokeholds.
The bill's 31-2 bipartisan passage Wednesday in the GOP-led Senate represents a rare step by state lawmakers to take action in response to police violence.
Little has been done by Missouri's Republican Legislature since a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014.
Suburban St. Louis Sen. Brian Williams this year proposed banning police chokeholds following George Floyd's death.
The bill was pared back to only allow police to use chokeholds in self-defense if they or someone else are in serious danger.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS PASS LEGISLATION LIMITING LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

 

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to limit local public health orders that have imposed restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill given final approval Wednesday would limit orders restricting businesses, churches, schools or gatherings to 30 days, unless extended by the local governing body.
The bill was prompted by outrage over long-lasting restrictions in St. Louis County and some other places.
St. Louis County relaxed some restrictions but still requires social distancing and face masks inside businesses.
Lawmakers also are nearing final approval on legislation that would let businesses affected by restrictions to seek property tax breaks.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES GAS TAX INCREASE

 

Republican lawmakers in Missouri have passed a bill to raise the gas tax for the first time in decades.
The GOP-led House on Tuesday voted 104-52 to gradually raise Missouri's 17-cent gas tax to pay for road and bridge maintenance.
If signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, the measure would raise the tax by 2.5 cents a year until it hits 29.5 cents per gallon in 2025.
Drivers could get a refund if they save their gas receipts.
Some GOP lawmakers argued the tax hike will impact poor families the most.

 

  

 




Weekend Report- May 8-9, 2021

 

IF GRASS IS GROWING, MOWERS ARE MOWING

 

It has been a rainy spring and that—coupled with warmer temperatures—means seasonal growth on Missouri roadways. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution when encountering tractor mowers near the shoulder of interstates and other busy roadways beginning this month and throughout the summer.

"Even the most aggressive warning lights and signs aren’t effective when drivers are distracted," said MoDOT State Maintenance Director Natalie Roark. “For the health and wellbeing of our workers and yourself, please watch out for our crews, slow down, buckle up and put your phone down. We want everyone to get home safely.”

Major and minor routes are mowed in three cycles usually starting in mid-May and continuing in July and September. MoDOT mows about 400,000 acres of grass statewide each year, which is equivalent to 300,000 football fields. Along with mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt vegetation growth, control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds. Encouraging wildflower growth and using herbicides carefully adds additional benefits in reducing the amount of time spent mowing.

On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective "follow" truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPENS ON STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

A draft 2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Missouri Department of Transportation Planning Director Eric Curtit told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,417 highway and bridge projects, of which 84% will maintain the system in the condition it is in today. On average, this STIP annually invests in 740 lane miles of interstate pavements, 1,387 miles of major route pavements, 2,733 miles of minor route pavements and 277 bridges.

Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,832 miles of roadways and 10,397 bridges but ranks 45th nationally in revenue per mile.

“MoDOT’s priority is maintaining the existing system of highways and bridges,” Curtit said. “We have developed asset management plans for each district, which focus on preventive maintenance improvements to keep good roads and bridges in good condition. If preventive maintenance investments were not made, the cost of improving the asset in poor condition can cost four to ten times more.”

This STIP includes funding for the “Focus on Bridges” program that was initiated by Governor Parson and funded by the Missouri General Assembly in 2019. The first phase authorized $50 million in general revenue to expedite the repair and replacement of 45 bridges that had already been identified as some of the state’s top bridge priorities by local planning organizations. The second authorized $301 million in bonding – to be repaid over seven years from general revenue – to repair or replace another 215 bridges that had been previously prioritized, contingent on Missouri receiving a federal INFRA Grant to replace the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport. Missouri received an $81.2 million INFRA Grant in July 2019, which triggered the first of two bond sales which occurred in November 2019. During 2020, 101 Focus on Bridges projects were completed and many more will be completed in 2021.

 




May 7, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Tuesday at approximately 2:21PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2700 block of S Clark in reference to a robbery.  Responding personnel learned that a male entered a business in that location, pointed a gun at an employee, and demanded money.  The suspect eventually left with about $300 in cash.  The suspect is described as being either bi-racial or a white male with a dark complexion.  He is slightly over 6’0” tall with a slim build.  He was clean-shaven and wearing a dark jacket, a dark baseball cap, blue jeans, and large dark sunglasses.  He was also possibly seen in the area with a black umbrella.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUCES SCALING BACK OF NATIONAL GUARD’S INVOLVEMENT IN VACCINE CLINICS

 

Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday the Missouri National Guard has begun scaling back its assistance with mass vaccination sites across the state.

A news release from Parson's office cited a significant decrease in demand for the vaccine as the primary reason for the withdrawal.

“We are in a far different situation today than we were just a couple months ago," Parson said in the release. “Missouri is in a good place on the vaccine front, and that is thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of our National Guard members to get vaccines into the arms of Missourians. We couldn't be more thankful for the hard work of these dedicated men and women over the past several months.”

According to the release, there are no plans to cancel state-supported vaccine events through the month of May. Operation of those sites will begin to shift, however, and Parson's office said it expects a full withdrawal of the National Guard by June 1. Groups such as FEMA, the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team and other local groups will continue to assist with sites previously operated by the National Guard.

Officials said SEMA will also still supply PPE for local events and will provide volunteers for local events.

State officials are continuing to work with vaccinator sites across Missouri "to promote more convenience-driven vaccine options for Missourians like walk-up availability and extended hours of operation."

The governor's office cited data that shows 80 percent of Missourians live within a five-mile radius of a vaccination site.

“Vaccines are readily available all across the state, and Missourians can often walk right into their local pharmacy and receive a shot," Parson said in the release. "With universal vaccine availability and decreased interest at our mass vaccination events, scaling back our state-supported teams is the right decision for the most efficient use of our resources."

According to the state's dashboard, more than 4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Missouri. Around 2.4 million Missourians have received at least one dose and more than 1.8 million are fully vaccinated.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS VOTE TO ELEVATE STATUS OF NATIONAL GUARD

 

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would make the Missouri National Guard its own department within state government.
The bill passed Wednesday by the House now goes to Gov. Mike Parson.
It previously passed the Senate.
The National Guard currently is part of the state Department of Public Safety, which also oversees the State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency, the state's fire safety office, alcohol and tobacco regulators and other programs.
Some legislators have tried for several years to carve out the National Guard into its own department.

 

 




May 6, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR DIRECTS STATE WORKERS TO RETURN ON MAY 17

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson directed all state workers to return to their offices for in-person work no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, and that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.

 

“Since the start of COVID-19, our state team members have gone above and beyond to keep state government running and continue providing quality public service to Missourians,” Gov. Parson said. “Thanks in large part to their efforts, Missouri is in a strong position, and we continue to move forward each day.”

“With COVID-19 vaccines now readily available across the state and virus activity at its lowest levels since early days of the pandemic, we are confident that it is safe to return to pre-COVID-19 work settings and schedules,” Gov. Parson added.

 

COVID-19 screening and testing protocols will remain in place, and all employees are encouraged to consider getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available to all state employees. Team members can use vaccinefinder.org to find available vaccinators in their area. While there will be no statewide mandates, state team members are encouraged to practice COVID-19 preventative measures.

“As public servants in state government, it is important that we maintain a front-facing presence for those we serve, and it’s time we take this step towards normalcy for ourselves and the people of Missouri,” Governor Parson said.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON HIGHWAY PROTESTS

 

The Missouri House has passed legislation to crack down on protesters who block roadways.
The Republican-led House voted 98-50 to pass the bill.
The legislation would make repeatedly blocking traffic a felony.
The tactic is often used to draw attention to racial injustice.
Protesters angered by the death of George Floyd blocked traffic on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area last summer.
The House also amended the bill to cram in provisions from dozens of other loosely related bills.
The number of changes made to the Senate bill likely means negotiators will pare it back in the final version.

 




May 5, 2021

 

WOMAN MISSING REPORT FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY AREA

 

A woman who was last seen in the Montgomery County area is still missing.  25 year old Tori Taylor was last seen on Tuesday April 20 in Montgomery County and has not had contact with friends or family for several days.  She has not been responding to messages or active on social media.  She borrowed a car from a friend who resides in Fulton on Wednesday April 21 and promised to return it a day later but did not.  She is described as being a white female with brown hair and green eyes, weighing 100 lbs. and 5 ft. 2 in. tall.  If anyone has information regarding Tori Taylor’s whereabouts, please contact the Fulton Police Department at 573-592-3100.

 

MISSOURI STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES BILL ALLOWING FOR LIFELONG RESTRAINING ORDERS

 

Judges could issue lifelong restraining orders that also cover pets under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.
Senators on Monday voted 31-0 to send the bill to Gov. Mike Parson.
Currently, orders of protection are limited to at most one year.
After that, victims have to go back to court to get an extension.
Under the bill, judges have the option to grant restraining orders for longer lengths of time depending on the potential threat.
The orders could be automatically renewed.
The measure also would allow restraining orders to cover people's pets.

 

NEWLY INTRODUCED HOUSE BILL WOULD EXPAND WIC PROGRAM TO FARMERS MARKETS

 

A Missouri state lawmaker is working to expand a program so mothers in the Women-Infant-Children's Nutrition Program are able to shop at farmers' markets.

House Bill 652, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Representative Martha Stevens, would expand the program that already allows low-income Missouri seniors to use food stamp vouchers at farmers' markets.

Taylor Cleveland, manager of Lincoln University Farmer's Market said the opportunity would provide recipients with more options for nutrient-rich foods. She said local farmers work hard to make certain their products are safe and healthy.

"They don't grow organically, they try really hard not to use pesticides or herbicides and it's very much so a health-conscious market, especially with COVID, and we've had a huge increase in customers and they are all looking for local fresh."

If passed, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will work to secure eligible farmers and farmer's markets.

 

 




May 4, 2021

 

MISSOURI VETERANS COMMISSION AND MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAUNCH NEW BENEFITS AND RESOURCE PORTAL FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY MEMBERS

 

The Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) announces the launch of the Missouri Benefits and Resource Portal. In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Office of the Missouri Military Advocate, MVC created the portal to serve as an informational tool and service guide to help Veterans find potential benefits and local resources.

 

The initiative for a one-stop-shop for Veteran resources began after a University of Central Missouri research project commissioned by the Office of the Missouri Military Advocate. The project resulted in a 32-page document titled “A Comprehensive Analysis of Missouri’s Efforts to Improve the Quality of Life for Military Service Members and their Families,” which recommended a centralized website.

 

The portal can be found at veteranbenefits.mo.gov. Updates will be made as new resources become available.

 

For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 or visit mvc.dps.mo.gov.

 

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH

 

Warm spring weather has arrived, and motorcyclists are eager to hit the road.  As they tune their engines and prepare for numerous road trips to come, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists and motorcyclists alike to “Watch for Motorcycles” in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Missouri roadways.

“Preliminary reports indicate that 13% of all Missouri traffic fatalities in 2020 involved a motorcycle, with 117 motorcyclist lives lost,” said Jon Nelson, executive committee chair of the coalition. “One life is too many. We want to remind all drivers to slow down, pay attention, and look twice for motorcyclists when changing lanes or entering a roadway. We also encourage our motorcyclists to wear proper safety gear, ride at an appropriate speed, and never ride impaired.”

 




May 3, 2021

 

MISSOURI STRUGGLES TO REPORT COVID CASES AMONG THE VACCINATED

 

Missouri has reported just 14 breakthrough COVID-19 cases among people who are fully vaccinated to federal health officials, even though dozens more have been detected in just the state's largest county.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked states at the start of this month to instruct local health departments and health systems to collect real-time information on "breakthrough infections."
States are to collect the data and enter it into a national database.
By mid April, when the CDC announced its first tally of breakthrough infections, it caught a disease investigator for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health by surprise.

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS TO HOLD COMMUNITY BRIEFING MONDAY

 

A community briefing will be held Monday at 3 p.m. to provide information about the current state of COVID-19 cases and the future of the Health Orders in Columbia and Boone County. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning will be speaking.
The briefing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. Members of the media are invited to attend. Social distancing measures will be in place. Masks are required. Due to social distancing measures and limited capacity in the Council Chambers, the public is strongly encouraged to view the briefing via livestream or via local media broadcasts. 
The briefing will be livestreamed for the public at 
http://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=65422f1d-3cac-496e-a46b-91c619f7f894 and will begin five minutes before 3 p.m. and broadcast live on Spectrum 992, Mediacom 80 and CenturyLink 96.

 




Weekend Report- May 1-2, 2021

 

NEW LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT MINEOLA HILL

 

Last winter, the new climbing lanes on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County at Mineola Hill were completed and open to traffic.  A third lane was added to both east and westbound I-70 near mile marker 170 at Danville, providing motorists an opportunity to pass commercial vehicles, without the larger vehicles having to move out of their lane while going up the steep grade hill. 

In addition, the project included the replacement of the eastbound Loutre River Bridge. The bridge is complete and now open to traffic. Removal of the old bridge will begin within the next couple of weeks.

“One of the primary purposes of this entire project is to enable traffic to flow more safely and efficiently,” explained Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Brandi Baldwin.

This bridge was included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

The Mineola Hill project was made possible by a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant in combination with the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport in Boone and Cooper Counties

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE P BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN ON TUESDAY   

 

Weather permitting, Tuesday, May 4, crews will close Montgomery County Route P at Dry Fork Creek, located 0.7 mile south of Montgomery County Route K near Americus, for bridge replacement.  This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure.

 




April 30, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE ADVANCES BILL LIMITING COVID RELATED LAWSUITS

 

The Missouri House is advancing a bill to limit pandemic-related lawsuits.
The GOP-led House gave the proposal initial approval in a voice vote Thursday.
Under the bill, businesses and private property owners couldn't be sued unless they intentionally expose people to a contagious illness and people get sick.
The bill would prevent government interference with businesses or other privately owned properties unless there's a major infectious disease outbreak and governments couldn't order someone to quarantine unless they're infected.
Limiting COVID-19 lawsuits is a top priority for Republican Gov. Mike Parson.
Lawmakers only have until mid-May to pass the bill. 

 

MISSOURI SENATE OFFICIALLY VOTES AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

The Missouri Senate has voted against paying for Medicaid expansion.
Senators on Wednesday voted 20-14 against a proposal to add the funding to the state budget.
The vote locks in the House's decision not to pay for Medicaid expansion.
Missouri voters last year voted to expand who is eligible for government health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.
The Republican-led Legislature has long opposed growing the program.
Now they're trying to thwart expansion by blocking funding for it.
If lawmakers send the governor a budget without paying for the program, it likely will set up a court battle.

 




April 29, 2021

 

CDC UPDATES COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FULLY VACCINATED ADULTS

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated mask guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new recommendations apply only to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as anyone fully vaccinated while taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to adhere to all previous recommendations regarding masking and social distancing.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals may now do the following:

 

·         Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart.

·         Gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household without masks or staying six feet apart unless an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness is present. Note the recommendation is “one other household,” not two or more households.

·         Gather or do things outdoors without wearing a mask except in crowded settings and venues.

·         If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or get tested for the virus unless you have symptoms.

·         If traveling within the United States, you do not need to get tested before you travel or quarantine after travel, unless you begin to experience symptoms.

·         If traveling outside of the United States, observe the COVID-19 restrictions in your destination country. You do not need to be tested before leaving the United States unless the destination requires it.

·         When boarding an international flight back to the United States, you will need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

·         You do not need to quarantine after arriving back in the United States; however, you should still get tested three to five days after returning from international travel or sooner if you are experiencing symptoms.

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to practice precautions in other situations:

Continue wearing a snugly fitted mask in indoor public settings, while indoors with unvaccinated adults and children from more than one household, and when visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness.

Avoid large indoor gatherings.

Protect yourself while traveling by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance when possible.

If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, immediately quarantine, and get tested.

Continue to follow guidance at your workplace and while visiting public places.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing the disease, especially severe illness and death from it. However, there are several issues undetermined about vaccines:

How effective they are against COVID-19 variants

How long they protect people against COVID-19

How effective they are at keeping vaccinated people from spreading the disease

How well they protect people with weakened immune systems and those taking medications that suppress immunity

Comprehensive information regarding the updated guidelines for vaccinated people is available on the CDC website.

 

HY-VEE PHARMACY NOW OFFERING FREE COVID VACCINES WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS

 

On Wednesday, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations will now offer free COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary to provide the option to walk in and receive the vaccine when it’s convenient.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, that option is still available by visiting www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine, selecting “Find Appointments” and completing the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or Medicare Part B coverage.

 

BILL DISCOURAGING COVID RELATED LAWSUITS HITS ROADBLOCK

 

A Missouri bill to shield businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits has hit a major roadblock in the Legislature.
A House committee voted the bill down Monday.
The measure was meant to protect hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson says the bill is a top priority for him.
The measure passed the GOP-led Senate before it failed to pass out of the House committee.
It's still possible for the proposal to pass before lawmakers' May 14 deadline, but the failure in the House committee isn't a good sign.

 

MISSOURI SENATE TABLES BILL OPPOSING FEDERAL GUN LAWS

 

The Missouri Senate has tabled a bill to invalidate federal gun laws after pushback from Democrats who said the proposal would threaten partnerships between local and federal authorities.
The bill seeks to invalidate federal laws or other actions deemed to infringe on a person's Second Amendment right to bear arms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Republican Sen. Eric Burlison, of Battlefield, said it would allow individuals to sue local police departments and governments if their action "knowingly deprives a citizen of Missouri of the rights or privileges ensured by" the Second Amendment.
Critics have said courts have ruled that federal laws cannot be nullified by the states.

 

 




April 28, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE COMMITTEE ENDORSES GAS TAX INCREASE

 

A Missouri House committee unanimously endorsed a proposal to increase the state's gasoline tax.
The House Transportation Committee's vote on Monday sends the measure to the full House, where some Republicans oppose raising taxes.
If it's approved, Missouri's gasoline tax would increase 12.5 cents over five years, resulting in a tax of 29.5 cents per gallon.
It would be the first increase since 1996.
House Speaker Rob Vescovo, a Republican from Arnold, has previously said he's against tax hikes.
The Senate approved the measure in March.
Supporters say the state needs the revenue to repair deteriorating infrastructure. 

 

MISSOURI’S TOTAL COVID CASE NUMBER TOPS 500,000

 

The number of Missourians who have been infected with the coronavirus has now topped the half-million mark.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Tuesday cited 524 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 500,071.
The state also reported 37 new deaths, though 34 of those occurred between November and earlier this month and were uncovered in the state's weekly review of death certificates.
All told, 8,732 Missourians have died from the virus.

 

 

 

 




April 27, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE P BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK

 

Weather permitting, Tuesday, May 4, crews will close Montgomery County Route P at Dry Fork Creek, located 0.7 mile south of Montgomery County Route K near Americus, for bridge replacement. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, was awarded the project in the amount of $638,177. The contractor has 85 days to complete this project.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES LIHEAP ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CHANGES TO HELP MORE MISSOURIANS PAY ENERGY BILLS

Last week Governor Mike Parson announced that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is extending one-time primary heating bill payments through May 31, 2021.

In addition, eligibility for both the heating and cooling programs are expanding from Missouri households with incomes up to 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to include Missouri households with an income of up to 60 percent of State Median Income (SMI). This change will now allow a family of four with an annual income of up to $51,021 to receive benefits compared to an annual income of $35,364.

 60 Percent of the SMI                     

Number of Persons

Monthly Income

Yearly Income

1

$    2,211

$  26,531

2

$    2,891

$  34,694

3

$    3,571

$  42,858

4

$    4,252

$  51,021

5

$    4,932

$  59,184

6

$    5,612

$  67,348

To determine eligibility for households over six people, add an additional $128 per person per month or $1,536 per year. 

In addition to meeting the income criteria, households must also meet the following criteria to qualify for LIHEAP:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments
  • All household members must be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence

Winter ECIP runs November through May and helps get low-income households out of crisis when its energy source has been shut off or is at risk of disconnection. Low-income Missourians who have received a disconnect notice or know a disconnect notice is coming should get help now to prevent service disconnection later.

Missourians can submit a LIHEAP application form online, by mail or fax, or drop off a paper application form in person.

 




April 26, 2021

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THE STATE WILL RESUME JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday vaccinators throughout the state will resume using the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The decision comes 10 days after the CDC announced a nationwide pause on the shot due to a small number of people reporting a rare and severe type of blood clot caused by the vaccine.

The FDA and CDC made the decision to lift the pause after the CDC studied the vaccine and concluded the "known and potential benefits" of the single shot vaccine "outweigh its known and potential risks."

Missouri vaccinators can resume use of the Johnson & Johnson shot immediately. Just over 105,000 doses of the shot were administered in the state before the temporary hold. No cases of the clots were reported in Missouri.

Even though the side effects are rare, both the FDA and CDC recommend people who develop "severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks" of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should immediately contact a health care provider.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS DIVIDED OVER PERSONAL PROPERTY LAW PROPOSAL

 

A law proposed by state lawmakers in Missouri is expected to cost an estimated $1.7 billion in revenue.

The proposal would give voters the option to stop the collection of personal property taxes in Missouri.

Items in this tax include vehicles, livestock, machinery and office equipment.

But, some lawmakers like Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin say that the lost revenue would be too much and would hurt rural communities.

 

"A lot of things that it is paying for, our schools, our nursing homes, our emergency services," said State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin. "So, no one from the state Legislature level is going to come in and give us money to replace that loss, so there's no way I'm voting for it."

 

The bill already failed in the Senate earlier this year, but the house has reintroduced it and will vote on it before the end of the legislative year.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER SAYS UNEMPLOYMENT HELP MAY NOT BE HELPING

 

With COVID-19 putting millions of Americans out of work, some have had a hard time getting back on their feet.

However, some lawmakers believe the reason that the unemployment rate is going up is not due to there not being jobs, but that they are making more money from staying at home, than at their original jobs.

With Republicans like Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin saying that the aid is hurting the economy, not helping it.

 

"They're not very good at getting things done, but one thing they can do is keep you from getting it done and I think that's what happening here," said Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin. "In the name of helping people, we're destroying our economy of our businesses by keeping people from coming in and working. "

 

According to the Department of Labor, Missouri’s unemployment rate currently sits at 4.2%, which is under the 6 percent reported at the end of March.

 

 




Weekend Report- April 24-25, 2021

 

TEENAGE GIRL KILLED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An unidentified teenage girl from Mexico was killed in an accident that occurred at 4:25pm Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says the 15 year old girl was riding a UTV in a private field on Audrain Road when it overturned, ejecting her from the UTV.  She was transported by Survival Flight to University Hospital in Columbia where she was pronounced dead from her injuries a short time later. 

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

 

A man was injured in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in Gasconade County.  31 year old Henry Lorton of Owensville was on MO 28 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to begin to slide and was ejected from it.  He refused medical care for his injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Callaway County.  18 year old Sierra Knight of Williamsburg, MO was on West County Road 132 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




April 23, 2021

 

HOUSE PASSES BILL BANNING TRANSGENDER GIRLS FROM COMPETING IN GIRLS SPORTS

 

Transgender girls would be banned from playing on girls' sports teams under a bill advancing in the Missouri House.
House lawmakers voted 100-51 on Wednesday to add the proposal to another bill.
Republican supporters argued the change is needed to protect girls in sports.
They decried the risk of being called bigots, hateful or transphobic for proposing the rule.
Democrats at times wept and said the rule change could push transgender children to kill themselves.
Missouri's current public high school sports rules already prohibit transgender girls from competing on girls teams unless they're undergoing hormone therapy.

 

MISSOURI SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE VOTES AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

A Missouri Senate budget committee has voted against funding Medicaid expansion.
The budget panel voted 7-7 Wednesday on a Republican-sponsored proposal that would have set money aside to pay for the program.
The tied vote meant the proposal failed.
Missouri voters last year amended the state Constitution to extend government health care to thousands more low-income adults.
The Republican-led Legislature is arguing over whether to pay for it.
The leader of the budget committee says it's now up to the full Senate to make a final decision on funding for the program.

 




April 22, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE VOTES TO EXPEL REPRESENTATIVE ACCUSED OF ABUSE

 

On Wednesday, the Missouri House voted overwhelmingly to expel Republican Rep. Rick Roeber from the House, who is accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago.

Top lawmakers cited the offenses he committed make him unfit to serve.

His now-adult children testified to House investigators earlier this year that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9.

The committee found records that show his children reported the abuse years ago but prosecutors didn’t file charges. He previously told the committee that he didn’t sexually abuse his children.

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE COVID VACCINE CLINIC THIS WEEKEND

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) is partnering with Boone Health and MU Health Care to host a COVID-19 vaccination outreach clinic at Indian Hills Park, 5009 Aztec Blvd., on Saturday, April 24. The clinic will be held at the Indian Hills Shelter from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The clinic is being held at the park for neighbors in the area but all are welcome to schedule an appointment. Moderna will be given at this clinic so anyone aged 18 or older is eligible for the vaccine. The vaccine is free and no health insurance is required.
Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by following this link: 
CoMo.gov/Health/fgfhysiispkd/?ap=ftyhkuio39ddd%*7_special_event or by visiting CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine and clicking on the "Sign up for the Indian Hills vaccine clinic" button. Those unable to schedule an appointment online are welcomed to call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). Second doses will be administered May 22 at the same location. 
These types of outreach clinics are being held to reduce barriers for Boone County residents to be vaccinated. Staff and resources will be provided by PHHS, Boone Health and MU Health Care. Thanks to Columbia Parks and Recreation for the use of the park shelter, Columbia Public Works for lending message boards and Heart of Missouri United Way for outreach assistance.

 




April 21, 2021

 

BABYSITTER CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN DEATH OF COLUMBIA GIRL

 

A 44-year-old babysitter has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 8-month-old girl.
Jennifer Johnson, of Fayette, was charged Monday after the girl died on Sunday night at a Columbia hospital.
Johnson was also charged with child abuse and child endangerment.
Court documents say the child suffered multiple bruises on her head, face and abdomen, as well as cuts on her chin and nose.
Johnson was babysitting for the child and her siblings Saturday night.
When the parents returned Sunday morning, they found the baby unresponsive and rushed her to a hospital.
Johnson was being held in the Boone County Jail with no bond.

 

DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES RESIGNS

 

Missouri's health director has resigned.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced the departure of Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams.
Williams was appointed to the job in 2017 by Parson's predecessor, former GOP Gov. Eric Greitens.
Williams helped lead the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and is leaving amid the vaccine rollout.
Parson says he's naming his deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, to be the state's acting health director.
Parson says Knodell has also been leading the state's COVID-19 response, but Knodell doesn't have a medical background as Williams does

 

REPORT SAYS MISSOURI LAWMAKER SHOULD BE OUSTED AFTER ABUSE CLAIMS

 

A state House committee report says a new Missouri lawmaker accused of physically and sexually abusing his children years ago should be ousted.
The Missouri House Ethics Committee on Monday released its report on Republican Rep. Rick Roeber.
His now-adult children testified to House investigators earlier this year that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9.
The committee found records that show his children reported the abuse years ago but prosecutors didn't file charges.
The committee says claims against Roeber are credible.
Roeber tried to resign last week, but the House refused to accept his resignation in order to complete the investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 




April 20, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Sunday at 9:27 pm, MPSD were called to the 800 block of Boulevard regarding a residential fire.  They found that a candle had been left burning, unattended, in the living room. The candle caught nearby window dressings on fire.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the curtains and ceiling suffering fire damage but the rest of the building was not damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SUNDAY HOMICIDE

 

At approximately 11:16 a.m. on April 18, the Columbia Police Department responded to a report of a death that occurred in the 1000 block of Elleta Blvd. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim was an eight month old female. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division were called to assist and determined the death of the infant was a homicide.

A suspect was identified as Jennifer Johnson, 44, of Fayette. 

As a result, Johnson was arrested for second degree murder, child abuse and first degree child endangerment. 

Johnson has been remanded to the custody of Boone County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the Criminal Investigations Division. More details may become available later.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

THREE MISSOURI RESIDENTS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three Missouri residents are injured after an accident in Callaway County Sunday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 68 year old Linda Hoaglin of Columbia was driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the 137.4 mile marker in Callaway County at 9:06 p.m. Sunday.  At that time Hoaglin’s vehicle collided with a truck driven by 45 year old Joseph Wimberly of Odessa Both drivers and an occupant in Wimberly’s truck were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia Hoaglin was taken for treatment of serious injuries; Wimberly was taken for treatment of moderate injuries; and Wimberly’s passenger, 21 year old Lucas West of Higginsville, was taken for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




April 19, 2021

 

MISSOURI PREPARING TO LAUNCH $5 MILLION COVID VACCINE CAMPAIGN

 

Missouri is preparing to launch a $5 million ad campaign to urge residents to get the coronavirus vaccine as appointment times begin to go unfilled in some places even though the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 or older.

Called Stronger Together, the campaign will begin next month and will provide vaccination information through radio, TV, print and social media messages.

Vaccinators this week reported hundreds of openings for appointments around the state, despite the opening of eligibility.

State data also shows that just 33.3% of residents had received at least one dose as of Thursday.

Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox says the number of public health agencies requesting vaccines dropped by half last week.

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF POSSIBLE LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE EXPOSURE AT MACON HOTEL

 

State and local health officials are warning of a potential for Legionnaires' disease exposure at a hotel in northeast Missouri.

Two people were diagnosed with the severe form of pneumonia after using the hot tub or the pool late last month while staying at a Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon.

Officials say it is unknown whether the hotel was the source of the bacteria that caused the two people to become sick.

KMIZ-TV reports that testing of the hot tub indicated the presence of Legionella bacteria; all other test results were negative.

 

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN MOBERLY

 

Moberly police are investigating the report of a weekend armed robbery.

The incident happened at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, at Check into Cash, located on North Morley Street.

Police say a male subject walked into the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The subject then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

An employee and customer were inside the store when the robbery occurred and were not injured.

According to witness description and surveillance video, the subject is identified as a tall white male, medium build, and was wearing dark colored clothing and had a partial covering over his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moberly Police Department at 660-263-0346 or the Moberly Crime Line at 660-269-TIPS. Any area residents that possibly have surveillance cameras are also asked to check their footage, and contact the department if they observe anything of value related to the investigation.

 




Weekend Report- April 17-18, 2021

 

PAVEMENT WORK WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE FF

 

Weather permitting, Apr. 19-23, MoDOT crews will close Montgomery County Route FF from Bellville Road to Ag Road for pavement work.  Work will be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.  The road will reopen each afternoon.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this work. 

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday, April 14 at approximately 11:44PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W Monroe in reference to a car fire.  Responding personnel found a small fire in the engine compartment of a 2007 MINI Cooper.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the engine compartment suffering moderate damage, and the rest of the car being undamaged.  The fire seemed to have started due to an issue with the electrical system.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 

 

 

 




April 15, 2021

 

COLUMIBA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to the 300 block of Duncan St. on April 14 at approximately 12:15 a.m., for a report of shots fired. Officers canvassed the area and located spent shell casings as well as a firearm in the area. 

During the investigation, officers located two juveniles that were in the area. Probable cause was developed to detain both juveniles. 

Both juveniles were released to their guardians.

No property damage was located.

No injuries were reported. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

WANTED SOUTHEAST IOWA MAN CAPTURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

A wanted fugitive from southeast Iowa was captured late Tuesday morning in northeast Missouri after a vehicle pursuit through two counties.

Trevor David White, 36, of Centerville, Iowa, was taken into custody just after 11 a.m.

He was arrested on multiple active felony warrants out of Appanoose and Wapello counties in Iowa. Putnam County Deputy Julie Frazier told KTVO there were 47 pages of warrant documents for White.

Authorities in Appanoose County notified the Putnam County Sheriff's Office around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday that White was believed to be at a residence on Highway 5 in Putnam County.

The fugitive was described as armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, who was known to abuse drugs and was an escape risk.

During a surveillance operation, White left the residence, reportedly to get breakfast in Unionville, Missouri.

On the way into town, a Missouri state trooper attempted to pull over the car White was driving.

They said White failed to yield and led law enforcement on an approximately 15-mile pursuit into Sullivan County, Missouri.

There, he was arrested in a field behind a home on Fair Drive.

White waived extradition and was transported to the Appanoose County Law Center in Centerville, Iowa.

New Putnam County charges are now pending against the suspect.

 




April 14, 2021

 

MEXICO DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION TESTING DAY CHANGE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY

 

Captain Corey J. Schoeneberg, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, announces the Mexico Driver Examination Station will now administer testing every Wednesday. The Audrain County Courthouse Annex is still the permanent location for testing. The hours of operation will remain 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Mexico Driver Examination Office at 573-355-0407 or consult the Missouri State Highway Patrol website at https://statepatrol.dps.mo.gov.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS CAPITOL DOME AND GOVERNOR’S MANSION LIGHTED PURPLE IN RECOGNITION OF MILITARY CHILD DAY

 

Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and Missouri Governor’s Mansion to shine purple on Thursday in recognition of Military Child’s Day.

The dome and Governor’s Mansion will light up at sunset on April 15 and remain lit until sunrise on April 16. The color purple represents all branches of the military – the combination of each of their respective colors combined into one. 

Missourians are encouraged to wear purple on Thursday to show their support for military children. Businesses are also encouraged to incorporate purple into their window displays and entrances.

 




April 13, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

An O’Fallon man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 4:05pm Monday in Pike County.  21 year old Christopher Fleming was on Missouri 79 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to strike an embankment.  He was transported by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT KILLS DRIVER

 

A St. Louis man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 50 year old Christopher Harper was northbound on 367 when his motorcycle ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH

 

A woman was hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in St. Charles County.  22 year old Cameron Coleman of Bellville, IL was westbound on I-64 when she suffered a medical emergency, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and the front of it struck an impact attenuator.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




April 12, 2021

 

MISSOURI OPENS UP COVID-19 VACCINE TO ALL RESIDENTS 16 AND OLDER

 

Everyone 16 and older in Missouri is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

State officials had announced last month that vaccines would be opened to everyone old enough to receive one on April 9.

State officials estimate that about 4.5 million Missouri residents are now eligible.

State figures show 1.8 million people in Missouri - about 29% of the state's population - had received a first dose of a vaccine by last Thursday.

Of those, more than 1.1 million, or about 19% of the population, had been fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, about 110 million people - more than 33% of the US population - have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while about nearly 65 million people have completed their vaccination.

 

MU HEALTH CARE TO HOST COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT LATER THIS WEEK

 

MU Health Care is now offering nearly 7,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots to all Missouri adults Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17. It’s part of a new collaboration with the State of Missouri and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.

The State of Missouri opened vaccine eligibility to all adults and those 16 and older effective Friday. Those interested in receiving a vaccine can visit muhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-scheduling to schedule an appointment. Patients younger than 18 will need signed parental consent.

The first-dose appointments slots are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 15, 16 and 17. The second doses will be scheduled 21 days later.

The website includes a link to their scheduling system, called TimeTap. Those who need help scheduling an appointment can call the COVID-19 vaccine call center at 573-771-CARE (2273). The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MU Health Care initially received 4,000 doses for a two-day vaccination event, but an extra day of vaccinations was made possible by an additional state allocation of doses to Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services for a mass vaccination event that will utilize MU Health Care’s vaccination site and staff with help from the Missouri National Guard for parking and patient assistance.

MU Health Care’s vaccination site is at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at MU's football stadium and offers the vaccine by appointment only. The area is designed to allow appropriate spacing, efficient patient flow and minimal wait times. For detailed instructions and directions to the site, go to muhealth.org.

 




Weekend Report- April 10-11, 2021

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN OSAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15pm Friday in Osage County.  44 year old Candace Rand was on MO 133 when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence post.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Rolla man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Osage County.